Passionate zeal has its place as a welcome first step of progress in the life of someone embracing faith in Jesus. But at times, the barometer of passion is not the prerequisite of how the life of faith would look like in the long run. Too many times, passion is thought of as the defining image of how the Christian life should be defined. Passion sometimes is attached to a radical assumption that if someone is all out for the Lord, he or she simply does not ask many questions. They decide by simply hearing and obeying.
I get irritated by people testing my own barometer serving fulltime in ministry by wacky statements that probe unrealistic expectations of reality. For example I get asked,
Questioner: “If God were to send you to Iraq, would you be willing to go?”
Me: “I’m not sure.”
Questioner: “From your response there, it is clear that you still have difficulty trusting the Lord.”
Me: “I can’t possibly give you a straight answer right now. Only if I am put into that situation, then I would be able to respond adequately.” (Getting slightly irritated already)…conversation moves on…
I’m not sure how one can judge someone’s trust in God based on putty questions that have not yet materialized. I think that it is baseless and immature to pre-judge someone’s response to a non-existing question (as of yet) that pertains to the present. This type of question has a virtual reality dimension to it but it does not carry weight for future responses.
These types of questions can be used to probe future responses from the hearer in a way for them to really reflect on his or her call. These types of questions can be constant reminders for the kind of sacrificial life one undergoes in following God. These can be possibilities of how questions like this can be used to good measure.
But they can never be use to know if one really trusts God or not.