Trust in God
Telling someone to “trust in God” can be profoundly inspiring or profoundly unhelpful. ASBO Jesus gets it right.
Don’t get me wrong. I think trusting in God is generally the right answer. It would be alarming if a priest were to say otherwise. But telling someone to trust in God often isn’t enough. When someone is hungry, they need food. When someone has lost their home due to a foreclosure, they need a place to live. When someone is going through a painful time in a close relationship, they need someone to listen to them. So, sure, encourage someone to trust God. And then get some food, help find a home, and provide a listening ear. After all, God is likely to work through us rather than through parted clouds and a ray of light accompanied by a nice soundtrack.