The Great Erosion of Public Trust: Government

by | Dec 3, 2023

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people” (Psalm 118:8).

Consider our government was once the pillar of public trust. Its fall from grace stems from political instability, corruption, and the inability to effectively handle crises—such as the invasion of our southern border and rising national debt. As citizens, we expect our government to put America first, acting in our best interest. However, when faced with actions that appear self-serving, trust begins to disappear, and cynicism creeps in.

In a time when information spreads at an unprecedented rate, government failures are front and center and are felt on a monumental scale. Concerns that may have seemed distant prior to social media, are now glaring from every phone and tablet at arm’s length.

In this information age, we have the ability to research and are involved in the process. We can come to our own conclusions, rather than depending on the news media to tell us what we need to know. As a result, it feels more personal than ever before.

The Alarming Depth of Public Distrust

A recent study found that only 16% of Americans trust the government to do what is right. This trend is found in other countries as well. This lack of trust is dangerous, leading to disconnect and a breakdown of democracy.

This disturbing revelation is highlighted in the comprehensive study conducted by the Pew Research Center. The study, titled “Public Trust in Government: 1958-2023”, explores six decades of public distrust of government. The profound lack of trust we are experiencing today is not just a phase, but a deeply entrenched societal issue. As a community of believers, we are called to urgently address this.

A Government of Man: A Castle Built on Sand

We are reminded in the book of Proverbs (29:2), “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.” This highlights the government’s profound impact on society’s collective well-being.

The government is made up of humans who are inherently flawed—like we are. They are susceptible to sin and human nature. Yet, we put faith in their ability to lead us from their castles of sand.

We must be attentive in holding our leaders accountable. This is not just a suggestion— it’s an injunction from the Word of God. We are called to act, to stem the tide of mistrust, for the good of our society and in faithfulness to our call as believers.

Trusting God: The Immovable Rock

The answer lies not in seeking perfection from imperfect people, but in shifting our trust from man to God. God, the creator of heavens and earth, is the only unshakeable, immovable rock. His promises never fail, His love never wavers, and His wisdom is immeasurable.

When we put our faith in God, we see the world with new eyes—through His lens of love and grace. From this place of trust and reliance on God, we can take action to bring about change in our government.

Your Call to Action

Now more than ever, we must place God first in our decision-making, especially when choosing our leaders. Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation who God is the Lord!” Leadership has to put power, money, and self-interest aside to do the right thing for the American people and this great nation’s future. We must:

• Pray for discernment when choosing who to vote for.
• Seek out those who live out Christ’s teachings, prioritize Christian values, and diligently serve the people.
• Be vigilant and prayerful in holding our leaders to the highest standard—the standard of God.
• Demand transparency from government officials and not put party over expectations of good behavior.
• Support organizations like Million Voices that educate citizens on political issues from a biblical worldview.

YOU can make a difference by relentlessly pursuing a just and righteous government that faithfully serves God and the people. Together, we can create positive change.

“No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14).

“So that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15).

Prayer

Father God, we love and praise You! Please give us discernment to make good decisions when choosing people to vote for. We look to You for truth and divine guidance. Our faith is in You, Lord. In Your name, we pray, Amen.

A Comforting Closure

Let us rise, take action, and pursue change as His light directs our path forward.

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