I appreciate much about Rachel Held Evans, although I definitely don’t agree with her on some issues. (So please don’t construe this as a blanket endorsement.) However, here is a recent post of hers entitled “I don’t want an easy faith.” I don’t want an easy faith either! Thanks Rachel for succinctly and eloquently wording these thoughts. Her post is brief so I will put it below for you to read, but please check out her blog for yourself.
Some like to say that the bravest thing Christians can do is defend their faith, to stand their ground and refuse to change.
But it’s easier to defend our faith than to subject it to scrutiny.
It’s easier to dig in our heels than to go exploring.
It’s easier to regurgitate answers than to ask good questions.
It’s easier cling to our beliefs than to hold them with open hands.
It’s easier to assume we’re always right than to acknowledge we may be wrong.
I don’t want an easy faith, I want a brave faith.
I want a faith that takes risks, that asks questions, that experiments, that evolves, that thrives amidst change and obeys amidst doubt. I want a faith that engages both my heart and my head, a faith that operates out of love, not fear, a faith that leaps when it needs to and crawls when it has to.
I want the kind of faith that moves mountains precisely because it is small: small enough to need, small enough grow, small enough to surrender to a God that is much bigger than it will ever be.
I don’t want an easy faith.
Here is a past post I wrote entitled “Take off your glasses!” which I thought related to this issue. When we only see things from our own narrow perspective, we open ourselves up to failure or defeat. I get so frustrated by both smug, closed-minded skepticism and smug, closed-minded Christianity.