Friday, March 11, 2011

“Who do You Trust?”

Who can you trust nowadays? That question took on new meaning for me when I had surgery last month. I was anesthetized and cut open by complete strangers. What made me think I could trust them?

And what about the media? If you watch cable news, you know of the feuding between CNN, MSNBC and Fox—each reporting the 'news' with its own bias. And can you really trust any radio or TV commentator who gets ridiculously rich by telling people what they want to hear?

In 1957, Johnny Carson had a TV game show called “Who do You Trust?”—it was similar to The Newlywed Game. Carson would tell the male contestant the category of the upcoming question; the man would then have to decide whether to answer the question himself or "trust" his wife to do so. I wonder how many arguments ensued after the closing credits. “I love you honey, but I don’t trust you” makes funny TV, but it doesn’t play well in the boudoir.

Trust is no joking matter. History is replete with examples of misplaced trust. So in this world of distrust—from preachers to politicians, from big banks to big government—we know we can confidently trust our Father in Heaven. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit”
(Jeremiah 17:7-8).

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