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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead


There is a question we begin to ask when we are old enough to talk. This question is universal and can confound the minds of the greatest thinkers. The reason is it often leads to the same question being asked repeatedly.

What is the question I am referring to? It is the question “Why”.?

Perhaps you remember having a child or a sibling who continually asked “why”. Maybe you were the one who would never just settle for a simple explanation without challenging the premise with a resounding “why”.

There are times in my life where I felt it made no sense to question “why” when the answer was evident and obvious. But the older I get, the more I find I am inclined to ask “why” more often, than not.

This has led me to consider the possibility this may be what is missing in our world today. Perhaps we would find ourselves less likely to be taken advantage of if we were to simply ask “why” of those who seem to give direction without seeing the need for an explanation.

We see this unfolding in many areas of our lives today, from social issues to government overreach. Yet, where we know an explanation should be provided before accepting the mandates given, we ask no question as we accept without understanding “why”.

“Why” do I have to agree with this? “Why” do I need to do that?

These should be our first questions as we wrestle with the idiocy of many of the things we are seeing and hearing today. Would it make a difference if we were to regress to our childish ways and ask “why” with the same zeal to understand when we posed the question as children.

When did we begin to say yes, before asking “why”? When did we begin to be led by people we disagree with before asking “why” we should follow them?

I am afraid we have become too subservient and complacent to care.

The reality of that statement is we are being led where we do not want to go and being told to do what we do not want to do because we have lost the desire to know “why”. This has led me to reconsider many of the things I have allowed myself to be influenced by.

In fact, I have become more likely to need an explanation today than ever before in my adult life. I like to think the curious and rebellious nature I had as a child has resurfaced and is leading me to not only ask “why” but to demand an answer that will not lead me to continue to ask that question over and over again.

Is there a mandate for this type of thinking and behavior? I believe there is, it is written in 1 Thessalonians 5:21. It simply says, “test everything and hold on to what is good.”

That is exactly what I intend to do. The question I have is, “why” would I do anything else?

1 Thessalonians 5:21. It simply says, “test everything and hold on to what is good.”

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