Erosion of Trust
In the middle of all the tension in our nation from corona, to protests and political divide, I have been trying make sense of what the bigger picture is in all of this. At the end of the day, my thoughts have led to this conclusion; it may not be completely comprehensive however, I believe that the enemy of our souls is attempting to erode away many aspects of trust that we as a society hold on to.
Journalism, the press and social media are the hotbeds of where this wearing away is taking place. Things that we used to think were safe and did not question the motives of a platform, are now not as certain as we once thought. Shadow banning, politically correct speech and bias in the news are now the new normal in our society.
Can we trust Google? Can we trust Facebook? Can we trust mainstream media? Can we trust that our elections in November will not be tampered with? Can we trust that the corona virus statistics are accurate? Can we trust… anything?
These are the questions that are gnarring away at us. It is this insidious constant pressure that creates angst in us all. So how are we as Christians going to manage to cope with all of this? I believe that this is the important question of the day. All of these issues are present on our watch. For such a time as this, we are designed to show the hope of the gospel. We are to be a city on a hill, reflectors of the light of Jesus.
Our ability to trust Jesus in the middle of the storm is main thing. And the ability to keep the main thing the main thing is… the main thing!
The scriptures are full of examples to show us that we can implicitly trust God over and above all other things. Here are a few: Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we will trust the name of the Lord our God. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!
I pray that we can spiritually see through all of the distractions and erosion of trust that is ever-present. I am reminded that the strength of the object or person that we place our trust in much more important than how much quantity of faith that we have. I would much rather have limited faith in a rock solid anchor than to have huge great faith in a wavering handhold. Jesus is the rock solid anchor to our souls. He is the real deal.
This is the message that the world needs to hear.