If you look at the phrase rationally, it doesn’t make sense. If it said, “We Worship the Christian God,” you could understand it. Actually, nobody “trusts” God.
To begin with, we don’t know which “god” the phrase is referring to. Sure, most people think it’s the Christian god, but that’s just their opinion. There’s no proof.
Then, there’s the famous phrase “Act of God” written int0 insurance policies. That clause could be paraphrased, “We don’t trust God.”
I’m indebted to one of my favorite columnists, Donald Kaul, for this. “The quintessential act of God is the tornado. It comes swooping down, destroying one man’s house, leaving his neighbor’s untouched. It tears off the wall of a house without disturbing the furnature.
“What makes God such an unlikely candidate for trust…is his sense of humor. He’s always playing jokes.
“…he’ll end a drought with a series of floods. He’ll give people an earthquake and follow it with a tsunami.”
I’d like to ask the people in Congress, who recently reaffirmed the motto, what is it we trust God to do? Surely it’s not to improve the weather or the economy.
When you get right down to it, churches, ministers and members of Congress all buy insurance because they don’t trust God. There is only one reason to put this phrase on our money and toss it about at every opportunity.
Congress trusts “In God We Trust” to get them reelected.