I love my workplace. I love the freedom to do my work in an inventive, efficient, and educational way. I love working with a light-hearted, but motivated, group of individuals. I love the banter, the dueling wits, and the questions.
The questions are my favorite. I get questions every day about the life that I lead and the God that I serve. Interestingly, people have a conception that I might be offended by these questions though. Why?
One of my co-workers has another question almost every morning. This is encouraging, but after several weeks, he's still beginning every question with "I'm not trying to be a d**k, but..." Why is this? Why does he think that I'll consider it offensive that he asks me questions? Having watched many Christians respond to questions (hostile or otherwise) from non-believers, skeptics, and those we misleadingly term "seekers," I think I have an idea.
Christians have taken the idea of "absolute truth" and confused it with "unquestionable truth." Of course we know the Bible to be God's word, so why do we get defensive when questioned? Why do we not put the effort into studying, thinking, and praying about this so that we are "ready to give an answer?" Instead, we turn on people with questions and act as though they are attacking us. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't, but in any case, we do not help our cause by getting offended by questions. I'm glad this guy isn't scared enough of offending me to ask.