“Doubt. It’s like a spiritual drought, a starless night of the soul, a low tide when faith seems to have retreated forever. Nearly all of us experience these dry, dark, difficult times when God doesn’t seem real and it’s hard to keep going, much less growing. Sometimes these low tides of faith are connected with events…the death of a loved one, a broken relationship, the loss of a job, a prolonged illness, questions raised by a book or professor. But sometimes they seem to come out of nowhere; it’s sunny and bright outside, but inside you feel dark , cloudy, gray, empty.”

So begins an article by Brian McLaren on, that’s right, doubt. We all have them. We all fight with them. We all keep them hidden away like that really ugly shirt in the back of your closet. We don’t want to deal with them. And we certainly don’t share them with anyone for fear of being thought “less than.” Less than perfect, less than Christian, less than “holy.” But McLaren makes a great point in his article when he talks about doubt as not only being “not bad,” but sometimes as “essential” to our Christian growth and walk. He compares it to pain in our body, telling us something is not quite right and requires our immediate attention. Doubt is telling us that something we’ve been taught to believe as truth just doesn’t ring as true as it once did, and we need to deal with it so that our faith, our beliefs, will “be more fine-tuned, more tested, more balanced, more examined.” We will know what we believe and why because we have searched for the answers ourselves, and not just because some dogma, creed, or Statement of Faith tells us this is the truth.

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