Because I said so.
Four words that every new parent vows they will never say and yet is guaranteed to eventually utter repeatedly.
I hated getting that answer from my parents growing up just as I’m sure my own children hate to hear it from me. One of my sons has heard it a lot lately as he’s become prone to questioning many of my decisions.
I don’t like using the dreaded phrase, but sometimes it’s the only answer for a child too young to understand the choices we have to make as adults. I don’t want him to learn too soon of the worries and challenges we big people carry each day. His day will come when he has a budget to manage, mouths to feed, work and responsibilities at every turn. He needs security to grow and learn. Right now his job is just to be a kid and to continue to take in and explore the wonders of this world around us.
“Because I said so” is a shortcut way of saying “Trust me, I’ve got this.” In our house, it’s often followed by exactly that – a reminder that mommy and daddy have things under control and he just needs to go along with the program knowing we’re taking care of it all.
Even as adults we have to take in versions of the dreaded phrase as we take so many things on faith. I don’t have a medical degree. I don’t understand the ins and outs of exactly how each medication on the big shelves at the pharmacy work. When my doctor writes me a prescription for my daily blood pressure pill, I take it with a big dose of “because he said so.” I trust him to take care of me.
It’s certainly true in our religious lives. I don’t understand exactly why God created the world the way He did. I can’t tell you why the story of salvation follows the path it does, why bad things happen or the answers to countless other big questions. I only know that there is something out there so much bigger than I am that does.
Faith means taking it all in “Because He said so” and understanding that’s not only good enough, it’s how it’s meant to be.
Brant Sappington is a longtime member of the Daily Corinthian news family. He currently serves as managing editor of the Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, and as assistant editor of the Corinthian.