As a teenager, I used to watch “Who Do You Trust,” a game show emceed by Johnny Carson and his co-host, Ed McMahon. Three couples made up of a man and a woman who didn’t know each other competed for a small cash prize. While the show was mostly driven by Johnny’s banter, there was a quiz portion where Johnny would tell the man the category of the upcoming question, and the man would decide whether to answer himself or trust the woman to. While the show was hilarious, we all know “trust” is no laughing matter!
Since last year's geopolitical shake-up, we are witnessing a collosal collapse of trust between nations that used to have coalitions. And not only that, there seems to be an epidemic of distrust in society, in general—distrustful of one another, partisans are paralyzing government; the millennials no longer trust in the fidelity of marriage; and hardly a week goes by you don’t read about someone in a position of authority abusing those under his care. And as if that’s not bad enough, the failed trust of priests and pastors is so common it has become fodder for late night talk show mockery. Who can you trust?
Against this backdrop, it's hard not to be cynical. But is it not all the more apparent to us that only God is trustworthy? “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man; it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes... I know the Lord is always with me; I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me." (Ps. 118:8-9: 16:8-9). Who do you trust?