Just a thought. . .
I’ve been thinking about what it means to know and if I’m not sure about a number of things, I’m sure of this: to know is to be able to help someone to know too.
Now I’m not playing with words, but seriously, I have had my share of teachers who appear before the class and flaunt their knowledge and experiences. Instead of making the theories and ideas easier so that the students can learn, they bring forward a bigger and more complex version so we can be awed. In the end I never learn a thing or rather the only thing I get to learn is how ‘good’ they are. We must be reminded that the knowledge we really have isn’t the one that is flaunted, the knowledge we really have is that which is deep-seated in us working itself out as wisdom for others to see in our lives.
The test that we really know is if we can explain a particular concept to someone who hasn’t heard of it in such a simple way that they understand. That’s the point.
As a Christian, I find there’s always this temptation to make the simple truth of what Jesus has done for every human more complex to those who haven’t heard a thing about it . These days I’m learning to ask myself “Do you really know?”
Cause when I can’t make the complex theologies I hear on the pulpit on Sunday understandable to my colleagues on Monday. . . I don’t really know.
When I can’t make people around me see how Faith is relevant to the daily activities of life . . . I don’t really know.
When I hide behind big words and spiritual clichés to make it look to others that yes I to make use of a good Bible dictionary and concordance. . . I don’t really know.
This is a call for every one of us to resist the temptation to hide behind big words and theologies just as a bad professor hides behind vague theorems and formulas. The test that we really know is that we are able to help another know that which we say we know. In what subtle ways have you been hiding? Do you really Know?