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Lead Me On: When Doubt Dominates

When we express our doubts, we’re in faithful company
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I see that God is who he says he is.

The victims' joy and subsequent faith in God testifies to this. Just this month, 179 people were rescued from an oppressive brick factory in South Asia. One of the rescued exclaimed: "Today I believe God is alive, in different shapes and in different people."

I'm not exactly in a position to…doubt.

Meanwhile, as we carefully comb our hair and brush our teeth and show up to gatherings appearing every inch the faithful believer, let us forgo our dedication to look like "shiny" Christians. (But brush your teeth still. Because, otherwise, well, gross.)

Just don't be afraid to let doubt look like doubt. It does not panic God. After all, he is the one who put John the Baptist's doubtful dialogue in the Bible for us to read.

Twice.

On the other side of doubt can be understanding. God can take it! You may be showing him your confidence. Because what kind of God can withstand doubt?

One that's real.

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Janelle Alberts is a freelance PR and media relations specialist and has managed communication needs for clients such as Microsoft, Wells Fargo and UPS. She started her first religious column in 2010 for the Akron Beacon Journal and has since written for Atlanta Parent Magazine, Christianity Today's women's online sections, and Catholic News Service among others.

June23, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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