A: I am alone.
B: No, you’re not. Jesus is always with you. He will never forsake you.
This is how the conversation goes. Someone confides in another person that they feel alone- walking through life alone, fighting battles alone, ect. And the “Church-y” response is to instinctively reply with how that is not true because Jesus will always be by their side.
Are they alone? Are they not alone? My answer would be yes.
As Christians, we live in two realms: the Natural and the Supernatural. Until Jesus comes back, these two realities cannot fully be integrated as only one realm. We live horizontally (earthly realm) and vertically (supernatural realm where God dwells). Horizontally, we live in a world where we interact and relate with people on a daily basis. It is a part of our lives on earth and a major part of our existence.
As the Church, somehow we have developed this easy, pseudo-fix-it-all answer to the statement posed in the beginning. But we must remember that we live in two realities- one is not void of the other.
Is that person truly alone? yes. Is that person truly not alone? yes. The world we live in is a very real and yet fallen world. It is not unlikely that someone may have “fallen through the cracks” or not have a close knit community of friends. If someone is saying they are alone, do not be quick to consider that statement as false. If they feel this way, correct or incorrect as it may be, it is a very real reality for them.
Likewise, it is true that Jesus is always with them and will never leave them or forsake them. In that sense, they are never alone; however, we cannot neglect the physical realm we live in everyday to impose our spiritually solution based answer to the issue expressed. It is not that easy. We were made by God for earthly relationships. This cannot entirely be substituted with the fact that Jesus is always with us. We were not made to live this life independent of relationship with people. God wants a family.
That is not to say that you shouldn’t remind them and assure them of God’s commitment to them to never leave them or forsake them. Just don’t forget to address the natural issue present.