Trusting in god is almost always a sure recipe for disaster. Faith healing and snake handling are two examples where people decide that prayer and faith will cause their god to overturn the laws of nature and of course they don’t and people die needlessly.
We now have another case of near tragedy. A San Diego couple and their two children (one 3 years and the other 8 months) decided that the US was too sinful for their tastes, especially when it came to homosexuality and abortion and “the state-controlled church” (???) and they decided to take a “leap of faith” and set sail in a small boat for the tiny island of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean.
But just weeks into their journey, the Gastonguays hit a series of storms that damaged their small boat, leaving them adrift for weeks, unable to make progress. They were eventually picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel, transferred to a Japanese cargo ship and taken to Chile where they are resting in a hotel in the port city of San Antonio.
Now you and I and other sane people will say that this shows that trusting in god to take care of you despite your foolish decisions is insane and that this family was saved from a watery death by sheer luck.
But you can bet that this is not how they and other religious people will see this. To them, they will ignore the fact that repeated major storms wrecked their plans to get to Kiribati and say that the rescue is evidence that god does take care of them.
What really angers me is that these people put the lives of their children at risk. If adults want to risk their own lives and go off on some damn fool trip across a wide ocean without adequate preparation, they are welcome to do so. But leave children out of it.