A few weeks ago, my congregation’s associate pastor preached her farewell sermon. During it, she confessed a few doubts about her faith to us.
Afterward, one of my students – who’s been in the midst of her own spiritual crisis – talked about how much she related to and appreciated our pastor’s message. As a result of hearing our pastor’s doubts, this student left church feeling as though she belonged there. After all, if our pastor could wrestle with doubt and continue being a pastor, then surely she could wrestle with doubt and continue being part of our community of faith.
Unfortunately, this was a new realization for this student. Prior to that morning, she believed doubt and faith were mutually exclusive.
I wonder, how many of us have contributed to such beliefs?
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