Pushing the "YES" Button
May 31, 2013

Matt Laney

For Jesus Christ was not "yes" and "no" but in him it has always been "yes"! - 2 Corinthians 1:19

After all my groceries had paraded down the conveyor belt one day at Stop and Shop, I swiped my credit card on the payment box and received that familiar but curious question:  "Your total is $96.23, is that OK?"  Answer options include:  "Yes" and "No." 

Just as I was about to mechanically enter "Yes," I thought, "Why am I being such an unthinking conformist?  Suppose I disagree with this total?  Suppose I break away from the pack, take the road less traveled, challenge the system, make a statement of protest and push the "No" button?!!!"

So I asked the check-out person, "Just out of curiosity, what happens if I push the "No" button?  Emphatically, she said "If you do, I will have to ring up your order again while you and five people behind you wait!"

I pushed the "Yes" button.

Isn't that the way it is in church sometimes?  Isn't it easier to swallow your misgivings about Christianity rather than clog the system with uncomfortable questions?  Fortunately you have landed in the United Church of Christ, where no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, we welcome you …and your questions.

Does that make us the "Uncertain Church of Christ?"  I'm uncertain about that, but certainty is certainly not what it's all about.  Instead, it's all about finding and giving a full, resounding "yes" to the One who has already said "yes" to you.

Prayer

Patient God, may your "yes" to us override our doubts about you and overwhelm us with gratitude and joy. 

About the Author
Matthew Laney is the Senior Minister of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, UCC, in Hartford, Connecticut.
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