While considering how to begin this post I thought about using the line, “Does anyone trust anymore?” But upon further thought I might better begin with the sentence, “Can you trust anyone?” Trust seems to be more and more difficult to justify in a culture of constant disappointment. Our leaders seemingly let us down at every turn. Whether it be teachers, preachers, parents or politicians it seems we have all been let down repeatedly by those whom we once considered trustworthy.
Bill Clinton said, “I never had sex with that woman.” Obama said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Bush I said, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” Nixon said, “I’m not a crook.”As a nation we have come to expect lies from our leadership.
Religious leaders have disappointed in recent years in increasing levels. The sex scandals of the Catholic church as well as high profile affairs among leading evangelical pastors have led some to believe the clergy are no more trustworthy than our politicians.
And how about the current statistics on marriage??? Some of the best polling suggests 1 in 5 married couple have had an affair at some point during their marriage. We all know the current divorce rate to be at or near 50%.
Can you trust anyone???
To trust someone means to rely upon the character and/or ability of another person or thing. Are there still people with reliable character or ability? Of course the answer is a resounding yes. There still exists those worthy of trust. But their worthiness comes not from themselves but Christ in them.
We can rely upon the character and ability of God because He is perfect with regard to both of these! This necessarily means we can trust another human being to the level he or she has Christ in his or her life. The more Jesus you have, the more trustworthy you become. Human beings will fail you every time but God never does. The extent to which someone is consumed by Jesus is the extent to which they might be trusted.
Is a human being 100% trustworthy? Absolutely not! No person is perfect is character and ability. There is only one God and He alone is perfect in character and infinite in His ability. However, the closer our walk with God the more we participate in His life, character and power; the more we become like Him. And God is trustworthy.
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