If you are in a ministry position people get the idea that you are an expert on everything Biblical, theological, and even political.  This means they will ask for your thoughts on a wide range of topics.  On the one hand this is understandable because people want to know where their leaders stand on issues they are passionate about.  On the other hand it puts the minister/leader in an awkward position because he may have little to no understanding on the topic, but the questioner wants an answer.

It is tempting to give our opinion on things we know little about because we want to come off as the expert.  We want people to value us, and so if we can get them to value us because they believe we are the “answer man” then we will take it.  The problem is that this is dishonest.  No one can be an expert on everything, and very few people put in the needed work to truly understand the ins and outs of even a few topics.

In this post Frank Viola reminds us that it is okay to say “I don’t know.” I would even suggest that it is the only honest answer we can give when we don’t understand a topic very well.

“For we know in part . . .”

~ 1 Corinthians 13:9

When I was in my early 20s, I was active in serving the Lord. I was a serious student of the Scriptures and people would often ask me questions about various issues.

Like many 20-somethings, I fell into a particular trap that I see many others who preach and teach fall into today. It’s the pressure to have an answer for every question posed to you.

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