I’ve never been interrogated by the CIA, FBI, GBI, of the KGB. But I did get interrogated by a campus policeman once ………
Jane’s father was a professor at Georgia Southern College back in the 70’s. In his office he had an aquarium. One Christmas, he left town for a few days and asked Jane if she would check on the fish. So we went over one afternoon to take care of them.
The whole campus was completely deserted because of the holidays. Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t have done it, but since no one was there, I parked in a “No Parking” zone……… oh how naïve of me. We went in, fed the fish, and we left. When we returned to the car there was a parking ticket on the windshield…….. really? I was aggravated. I shoved the ticket in my pocket, we got in the car and drove off.
Almost immediately a campus policeman pulled up behind us. I thought, “What?! What have I done now?” He turned on his lights and siren so I pulled over. When he came to the drivers’ side window, he asked me to get out of the car. “Hmm, that’s unusual,” I thought, “They don’t normally ask you to do that.” “Would you mind opening your trunk sir,” he asked. I did and it was empty. Then the interrogation began, “Do you mind explaining to me what you were doing back at that building?” ……………………
“Well, sir, you see, we were uhhh… I mean I know it’s a little weird and all, but uhhhh………we were ……… eh hem………..feeding fish.” He peered over the top of his police issued sunglasses. “Fish…. Uh huh. Thought I’d heard ’em all….”
In Acts chapter 4, Peter and the apostles were interrogated by the High Priest because they were teaching that Jesus had been raised from the dead.
Acts 4:5-7 – NIV
The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
The apostles were compelled by God’s Spirit to tell the world what they had witnessed. The priests questioned their authority to teach because they recognized Peter and John as mere fishermen.
Sometimes we want to interrogate God. We question him about why he would allow certain things to happen. It’s not a sin to question God; the Psalms are full of questions. Psalm 10:1 for example “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”
I think we have every right to question God when tragedy and destruction enter our lives. The sin of the Pharisees was not in their questioning the apostles. Their sin was not liking the response. We, too, must be careful how we respond to God when we don’t like his answers to our questions.
Meanwhile, back to my story….As it so happened, there had been a rash of break-ins on the campus that fall. Lot’s of thievery and other nonsense. That’s why the policeman questioned us so thoroughly. And…………. I still had to pay the parking fine…..or was it a No Parking fine? Do I still have the right to question this?