I ran across this question recently:
What do you feel are the most important things Christian believers can do to bless, and to provide support/encouragement to people who are questioning their faith or have deconverted from the Christian faith?
This question is frequently asked by concerned Christians, eager to evangelize the heathen.
As a concerned Christian, eager to evangelize the heathen, let me make a suggestion:
Stop asking this question.
Pagans can’t answer it.
Instead, they’ll make a rambling, self-centered speech.
Is that what you want?
A sanctimonious sermon from muddled, egotistical simpletons?
Retract the question before an atheist sees it!
Because we’ll have to read a…whoops…
The response to your earnest question is a pompous lecture.
How dare you assume these intellectual giants could learn anything from you?
You asked for it…
People “questioning their faith” shouldn’t be asked MORE QUESTIONS.
Imagine a stranger asking you for directions.
Stranger: “Hey, man! Can you tell me how to get to the courthouse?”
You: “What do you feel are the most important things I can do to bless and encourage you as you search for the courthouse?”
Stranger: “Man! That’s really nice of you to ask!”
The most important thing Christians can do to bless people who are “questioning their faith” is…
…ANSWER THEIR FREAKING QUESTIONS.
That requires knowing stuff.
Before you can give directions to the courthouse, you gotta know how to get there yourself.
And that’s ALL you need to know.
You don’t need to know when the courthouse was built.
Or what time the courthouse opens.
Or what restaurants are in the vicinity.
Just tell the seekers how to get to the courthouse.
And when they argue with you…as they always do…
People lost in darkness need a light.
They can’t express this need themselves.
Please stop making them try.