The year of losing trust.
I'm a trusting fool.
I default to believing people are who they say they are, that their motives are good. I am ridiculously trusting right out of the gate.
In February, I lost trust in my pastor. Then the church.
In April and May, I began losing trust in the medical experts. By October I never wanted to hear a doctor open his or her mouth again.
By June, I began losing trust in my fellow citizens as some sanctioned violent behaviors in the street as acceptable. This continued to increase on into November as I watched them unquestioningly or pragmatically go along with what they were told.
By August, I lost trust in our state leaders and government, a distrust that continued to reinforce itself to the week after the election when the governor revealed his pièce de résistance.
By September, I lost any remaining trust in the public education system's claim to care about the children.
By October, I lost trust in local government.
And now, here in November, I've lost trust in our overall system in this country after watching what happened during the election and how media and big tech social media insisted there was nothing to see here, doubling down with their prolific lies and censorship.
Cheats and liars abound; they are celebrated and are given great reward. Manipulators, deceivers, power-hungry leaders—the endless list of those gaming the system, the people, and emotions goes on and on. Back room deals and agreements to collude and conspire and gaslight.
I guess this is probably all OK.
Some put their trust in chariots, some in horses, but I have to trust in the Lord God (Psalm 20:7).
This year has been great for removing facades and revealing people and powers for who they really are. It's been great for removing idols and places we've falsely put our trust in.
Not in government. Not in money. Not in a job. Not in fame. Not in power. Not in peace and safety. Not in education. Not in the economy. Not in full stores. Not in consumerism. Not in the law. Not in having knowledge and information. Not even in human church leaders.
We've seen churches shut down, some willingly and easily. We've seen empty store shelves, something we aren't used to in America. We've been locked in our homes with neighbors turning us in to police if we leave. We've had the government force our businesses to close or reduced in ability to make income. We've seen our governors turn into dictators and issue order after order with our elected legislative bodies seemingly unconcerned. We've seen corporations deciding who can buy or sell in their stores, creating a nation-wide "law" of control simply by their size and power. We've seen people forced to do or wear things under threat of losing their job. We've seen some law enforcement willing to enforce the reduction of liberty and unconstitutional orders and mandates. We've seen an abuse of the law and very few willing to help stop it. We've seen people—even friends and family—turn into fearful, hiding creatures, lashing out at anyone not afraid, people we'd never imagined would be so. We've seen people put their trust in a flimsy cloth mask and a hoped-for injection above all else.
And we're seeing the vestiges of what seems to be a continued push to reduce health freedom and choice in what you'll have done (testing) or injected (vaccine).
This is an excellent year to put your trust in Jesus. Only one who hasn't failed yet.