Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Love and trust are not the same. Jesus loves us. He doesn't necessarily trust us (John 2:24 - 25 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.) Nowhere in the scriptures are we commanded to Trust our Neighbor. We are told to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile but not to trust. In fact we are told to be as innocent as a dove and as wise as a serpent. When people on spiritual journeys are told they are not Christian because they don't love people when in truth it's that they don't trust them and there is a rational reason for not trusting them we are being judgmental, manipulative and divisive. We are called to reason together, not divide and intimidate. When on one hand we claim that those who bully should be condemned and on the other hand bully those who don't trust their neighbor or their government because they see that there are neighbors who haven't been honest about their intentions towards them and their government only tells them what it decides they should know and fails to go the extra mile for its veterans, it is time to take the beam out of our own eye.
Anyone who has been a parent has had to have a talk with a child who has misbehaved telling that child that while they will always love him or her, they can no longer trust them until that trust is earned back.
Love should be freely given but Trust, once betrayed, has to be earned back or as someone once said: "Fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice shame on me".
It's time to recognize that misplaced loyalties are causing divisions among us and we must reason together to solve serious problems because a house divided against itself can not stand.