Never Trust an Electric Monk

Trust is a big deal in life.  We have many relationships and we encounter many people and ideas, some trustworthy and some not.  We sometimes wonder who we should trust.  Without trust, we live in a state of anxiety and confusion.  With it, life becomes much more stable and secure.

In Douglas Adams’ sci fi book, Dirk Gentley’s Holistic Detective Agency, there is a character called the Electric Monk.  The Monk is a robotic appliance that believes in things on your behalf.  Adams describes it this way:

The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or videorecorder… Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task – that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.

If we trust in people or an idea, we need to believe in what they represent.  We trust our parents because we believe they have our best interests at heart.  We trust in the Lord because we believe that God is on our side and helps us through life’s difficulties.

It is hard to trust a surrogate believer like the Electric Monk whose criteria for belief is human expectations.  While we don’t have electric monks, we do have plenty of purveyors of beliefs that are counter to God’s will.  They would love us to trust and follow them, because they know what’s right.

Fortunately, we have a better basis for our trust.  We believe that God is “our refuge and strength.” (Psalm 46)  We have something to believe in, so we don’t have to believe in everything or everyone.

When we have a basis for our beliefs, we can have stronger trust.  When we believe and trust in the Lord, hope enters and enriches our lives.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

David Cochran

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