It seems common in circles I move in these days for people/leaders/teachers to say things like “We don’t have answers, we just want to encourage questions.”
I respectfully disagree.
Not in the way I disagreed in my fundamentalist days (which was often not respectful), but I must disagree nonetheless.
I can’t won’t, and shouldn’t promise young people, or any others I am teaching, that I have all the answers, but I also dare not claim to have none. If I have no answers at all, why should I be in any sort of leadership position?
I THINK that what we usually mean to say, rather than “we have no answers,” is more like this: “Rather than me giving you answers, let me help you to learn, to struggle, to discern ways to answer this question (or these questions).”
It could be that some people want answers to their questions in the way some people want a pill to pop for every ache or problem, when some are best worked out by exercise or diet or behavior adjustment.
If you’ve got questions, I won’t tell you there are no answers. Nor will I tell you the answers are easy and automatic (unless you have that kind of question). I would, however, be glad to work through your questions with yuo, and invite you to share in mine.
I believe that, together, we can indeed find some answers.