Just trust God
During my teenage years I embarked on many a discussion with my parents, and eventually church leaders, on issues which I did not see eye-to-eye. While these discussions were often heated and drawn out, it frustrated me that no matter how much my arguments made sense in my mind, I rarely “won” the debate.
However, somewhere along the way I started to notice a trend. Nearly all of these discussions ended with this idea expressed in some way or another: “You just need to trust God and the parents/church he’s placed over you”.
Sounds good right? There are lots of verses about faith, about trusting God, about obeying and respecting parents and church leaders right? Perhaps this was my problem in these debates: I wasn’t trusting God enough.
Eventually I realized though, that legitimate questions do not go away from the logical mind with simple phrases such as trust God. Telling me to trust God became viewed (accurately I believe) as a cop out. I would usually let the issue go at this point. And looking back on it I see that when the discussion reached this point, from a logical point of view, I had won. But this particular view of Christianity had the Ace of Spades, a trump card that could be pulled whenever logical thinking confronted its worldview.
Its amazingly convenient but does nothing to satisfy an inquisitive mind. The other solution was to read and study the Bible more and look for the answers. Which I did. Often. But when the answers aren’t there where does one look?