There are times when our leaders can’t be trusted. By now everyone across the country has heard about the Flint water crisis. Flint, Michigan is going through a rough period right now where the residents don’t have clean drinking water flowing from their taps.
While this crisis is just becoming national news, the people of Flint, Michigan have been dealing with this issue for quite some time now.
In 2014, the emergency manager that had been placed over the city made the fateful decision to approve switching the city’s water source from the Huron River to the Flint River (which is a filthy water source that remains untreated to remove harmful chemicals and pesticides).
The welfare of the residents were not taken into consideration with this decision to change the city’s water source. The decision was made to save money: purely economics.
Thus, there was a failure of leadership to take into consideration the health and well-being of the people of Flint. This was a total abuse of power which resulted in the citizens being exposed to lead and other harmful and unhealthy bacteria.
This created a mistrust by the residents of Flint for those who had been tasked with looking after the welfare of the city and its residents.
When a nation can’t trust its elected officials…
When the focus and concern becomes your own personal political career and the advancement of your pet projects and in satisfying special interest groups…
People are becoming wealthy by making back-door deals, at the expense of others. (For the love of money is the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10.)
Greed and corruption have infiltrated our political system. The whole system is corrupt. I believe that some people go into politics with the best of intentions but quickly find that it’s difficult to change the system, so instead of changing it they become a part of it.
Let’s turn the tables a little on this issue of trust. So what happens when a church, a spiritual body, can’t trust (doesn’t trust) its God? There really isn’t much hope for this body of ‘believers.’
If we don’t trust God who do we trust? The question then becomes: why don’t we have an unwavering trust and devotion in the God in whom we say we serve?
The Bible tells us that: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
God is not like man. He’s not like the man who has broken trust with the people he claims to love.
Let’s take, for example, the adulterous man who sleeps around on his wife. This man goes outside of his marriage, selfishly, to find fulfillment in other people/relationships.
He sneaks around. He lies. He cheats. His affections, which should be to his wife, are given to another woman, at the expense of his marriage. But even though this man is a liar and a cheater, he claims to still love his wife. Well the Bible tells us that love is not self-seeking. Love gives of itself, unselfishly, so that others can know and experience pure love.
God is not like this adulterous man. When God says He loves us, He means it. He has proven His great love for us over and over again. God is a God in whom we can trust (period!).
God is also not like the emergency manager who was appointed over Flint, Michigan by the governor of the state. God does not make decisions at the expense of other people. He actually makes decisions that benefit us. God has been, and always will be selfless in His love for us. God is a God in whom we can trust.
Put your trust in God. Open up your heart to Him. Allow Him into the empty places of your life. Into the places you have kept closed off to other people. Trust God with your heart.