How AND Why!

July 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm (Uncategorized)

I have been thinking through one phrase ALOT lately: It is a dangerous thing to learn the HOW and forget the WHY. (Nope, don’t think that is original to me, but can’t remember where I heard/read it!! HELP!)  This is a statement that only gets more challenging when you have stewed over it for weeks on end. AND it effects almost every area of life!

In church life, this is the root of traditionalism.  We learn HOW to do things, but often forget WHY.  We learned how to turn bar songs into hymns so that we could touch a generation that already knew that kind of music.  But all we passed along was the how (HYMNS) and not the why (to connect with those who do not yet follow Christ).  And so, there are those who still think it ain’t church unless we are singing hymns. (Perhaps we should say: it ain’t church unless it is intentionally connecting with those who don’t know Jesus!)

We also make this mistake in parenting.  We teach our children, who we desperately want to love and serve Jesus, to do things (HOW) without helping them develop a Biblical Worldview (WHY).  We don’t let them “drink, smoke,  cuss or chew or go with girls that do!” (by the way, I HATE that phrase!!!) But we have never taught them to process information in the light of Jesus’ Lordship, and to make their decisions because of it.  And so they learn to follow our parental rules, and yet what happens when they leave our house? Just look around you! We far too often substitute a legalistic, religious rule-following code for instilling a Biblical worldview. (I am not saying I have all the answers, just sharing some of MY questions and concerns.)

This principle affects business.  Just think of how many telemarketers you have talked on the phone with.  Most of them can certainly read their script (HOW), but far too often forget that their purpose is to SELL!! (WHY!)  And sometimes the script needs to be adjusted to accomplish the sale.

Thought I would share with you what has been going through my brains.  This is not, by any means, a complete thought. YOUR TURN NOW! Please comment away.  Share with me if you have seen this to be true.  Or tell me why you think it is untrue.



  1. Jermaine Bass said,

    Hey, I really enjoy you and the things that you are up to. That’s all. Keep up the good work. Jermaine

  2. chasinghisheart said,

    Thanks for the reminder. It seems like so much needs to be taught that something slips through, forgotten. Maybe we need to turn things around and teach the WHY first so that the how makes more sense.

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