Now, I know what you're thinking: of all the apostles to remember, of all those people who traveled with Jesus and participated in his ministry, why on earth would we remember “Doubting Thomas”? Isn't there someone better, more worthy, more qualified than Thomas?
Despite what a great many people think, the Christian faith is not about answers. The Bible is not an encyclopedia written with a handy index to provide us with the solutions to all of our problems or our questions. And we have lots of questions.
I have heard it said that the church is full of hypocrites and liars. And that's exactly true. We gather as a community of faith, bringing our tough questions, our doubts, our fears, our anxieties. We are not perfect people by any stretch of the imagination, and we seriously wonder if God didn't make some cruel mistake in calling us to be disciples. What does the church have to offer that the rest of the broken, messed up world doesn't?
Doubt is an essential part of faith. It is the natural reaction when we are confronted with something we desperately wish to be true, but which flies in the face of our expectations and defies the ways in which we think things should work. It is a faithful response to the unbelievable in our midst that, by all other measures, cannot possibly be true. It is the process through which we come to accept and believe.