Where there is doubt, (a reason to have) faith
The structure of media – both traditional and social – make it easy for celebrities, artists, influencers, and athletes to have fans and haters. The fanaticism cultivated by these structures hinge more on emotions and impulses rather than reason and discernment.
It is important for us to be the masters of our emotions instead of being slaves. Why do we trust? Why do we have faith? Why are we troubled? Why do we doubt?
The initial experience of doubt and faith starts as tentative insights or even hypotheses. We are not required to double down on doubting or having faith if our discernment leads us to reject our initial thoughts.
If the persons we admire are the real deal, they won’t demand blind compliance or unreasonable obedience. They will provide us with evidences and questions, and we will be free to decide for ourselves how we will reasonably conclude our inquiries.
Where there is doubt, false idols will seek to manipulate our faith. On the other hand, the authentic leader would provide us opportunities, spaces, and agency for us to insightfully understand, reasonably assess, and responsibly act on our faith.
Luke 24:35-48. “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.”
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-103: APRIL 13, 2023]