OK, Kathy Escobar, I get your point, but I’m a theologian and we like this question… but you are right, it’s often a veiled question designed to size up someone’s status in your own ranking …
truth be told, i have a lot of pet peeves. i can’t stand when people slurp when they drink out of a cup (worse than nails on a chalkboard for me), snow (that’s not in the mountains when i’m skiing) bugs the $*#^!&! out of me, and when i hear someone say “we let women lead” i go a little nuts inside. but my new #1 pet peeve at the moment is when people ask the question: what’s your position on _________? (homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, gun control, hell, you name it). it’s the question of the moment not only for many church or ministry leaders but on facebook, blogs, and in certain christian circles.
we all know what that really means.
how can i determine whether i am aligned with you or not aligned with you?
how can i know if you’re on our team or the other one?
how can i sniff out whether i can trust you or not?