“There’s no such thing as a stupid question!”
People love saying this, but too many times they don’t mean it. In a recent meeting at my office, one of my co-workers shared an email from another co-worker in another department which had several questions. Other people in the meeting then began to laugh at, mock and make comment on how silly the questions were. Unfortunately, this went on for a while until I stated, “I thought there were no stupid questions”. After that was stated, comments transitioned to, “Maybe they’re new”, or “Maybe they just didn’t know”. Of course they didn’t know…that’s why they asked.
I’m pretty sure the person who sent that email would not have appreciated, or may have been hurt if he or she knew that their questions were being made fun of.
I can’t count the times that during a public Q & A session that I have waited to ask a question privately, and was sometimes even cautious about that.
It seems that belittling other people’s questions somehow makes others feel bigger.
It’s even more sad when people want to know more about God, His word, His will, or salvation and are afraid to ask because they think their question is stupid. Especially if the person is ‘older’ and thinks they should be expected to already know.
Let’s be very sensitive to how we respond to those who think enough of us to ask a question.
We can discourage someone who is serious and sincere about learning more about God by an inappropriate response to a question.
Remember what the word tells us…
Luke 6:31 (NKJV)
31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.