John 16:1313 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
I have always been a person who learns by asking questions. At times questions have been my best friends, because they are faithful to me in getting the answers. Sometimes questions can be uncomfortable and if the question is too honest and probing it can produce a response that is a lie. That is what seems to be happening today in government. We are asking some penetrating questions that are holding some people in government accountable to actions that are not in keeping with good honest government. Tapping into phone records of news agencies, using the IRS to harass conservative groups, and not protecting a US ambassador in a hostile country, seems to be reminiscent of a government that is run by a dictator. Asking questions might raise some issues that will give the American people an opportunity to think, and perhaps might put this country back on a track that will not give government the kind of power and size that it has become. I have found that by asking spiritual questions can determine the heart of a matter. Questions about belief, purpose, existence, values, and principles. Questions can lead you to understand a persons world view based upon the values they uphold. Character issues can also be determined by asking the right questions.
I have asked questions to Christian leaders who were taken back and offended by the boldness of the question. For example, I asked an Executive at a Christian organization once how his spiritual life was going, and he was shocked that I would ask that question. I was not nosy, but wanted to spark a conversation on how does a high ranking Christian leader stay focused upon the Lord, and not only on the business of doing ministry. I think that is a good and fair question. It is a question every Christian leader should ask as they head out to do ministry each day. "Did I get my morning perspective from the news or from Gods Word?" "Have I kept my life growing in the character of God, more than any other goal in life?" You see asking some good penetrating questions to yourself first, keeps you honest as you ask them to others. Most often, the person who is most deceived about you, is yourself. We fool ourselves into thinking we are okay, and all others are the problem. That is the problem in Washington DC right now, because no one is willing to be honest and ask the questions that will reveal the truth.
Truth raising questions are the hardest to ask, but reveal the most. Questions like,
Am I a jealous envious person?
Do I use my spiritual life as a gauge against others?
Do I judge people only to make myself feel good?
Do i keep records of wrongs committed against me?
Do I know my faults, and willing to admit to my short comings?
Am I really the person that is presented everyday to others?
Is there a dark side to my life that I have never shared?
As you can see honesty can be brutal, but if dealt with openly and honestly it can be the best way to clean house and get rid of character issues that hold you back.
Try it today, ask yourself the tough questions. Pretend you are being interviewed by the Senate investigating some corruption in government and ask the probing questions about yourself to get at the truth.
It will be fun, grin.
John 8:3232and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Keeping it honest and truthful...K