Speaking of Trust

Jesus promises us with eternal hope in the Sermon on The Mount. These promises are both timely and timeless. The world lies to us and gives us false promises...and we have to deal with the wounds. It has always been paradoxical that Our Lord started to write (John 8:6) and may not have finished the line in the sand. Martin Luther and Martin Marty together may have written more than any other writers in Christian history. Indeed it is a formidable but exciting task to review such a book as Dr. Marty's recent work on trust, which may well be the most interactive volume of the 50 plus penned from his active hand ... and, with the lethal possibilities of today, perhaps one of the most important ever in Christian history.
When Pastor Marty flew into South Carolina, soon after 9/11, he was no crusader, but in his own words "a seeker." As he addressed the University of South Carolina audience on the general American religious situation, he came across as a mediator, a searcher and seeker for the causes of 9/ll. He projected a peacemaker image attempting to fathom the mystery of the suicide attacks. With all of his writings on history, Marty was content to rest in God's grace until the fog had dissipated. The mixed crowd did not hear a crusader speech. There was a thoughtfulness ... hey, maybe a whisper of repentance rather than revenge/retribution ... and that could get even Dr. Martin Marty in trouble notwithstanding his Swiss background. Trust was written all over this top American religious historian. Yet, there is more about trust in this little volume. Read the book.
The world, in the minds of many, has changed forever as a result of 9/11. What can we really, deep down, believe? Thinking trust in a mistrustful and forgetful age is the heart of the small volume which can be read in a couple of sittings. The book is a mesmerizing work because it invites you to continue the conversation initiated by Jesus, and carried on by Luther, which is...