Where Has Trust Gone?
Trust is defined by the dictionary as "reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence." Let's pull on that string a little. Integrity is "adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty." and "the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished."
So, do we have a general lack of trust, or is the problem a lack of integrity? I believe we are born with trust. We trust our parents, we would trust strangers if not for the parental warnings. As we age, we are less and less likely to trust strangers. Perhaps we have been burned by coworkers or con men. Perhaps it seems to us that everyone we encounter has their own agenda and is more interested in themselves than in us.
We see the world as increasingly threatening, which may explain why we shun the sales clerk who asks "May I help you find something?" with "I'm just looking." It is almost a conditioned response.
Are You Connected?
Most people want genuine connections to other people, but wear masks to protect themselves. The person of integrity is the same in church, on Facebook, and at work. Because they are whole, they have no need to be false. They are confident in who they are and their place in the world. They are open to others and genuinely interested in them as human beings. They are immune to other people's opinions of them because they know that everybody wants three things: health, wealth and love.
Some of us have worked on becoming more open and less worried about whether people will accept them. They are who they are and if others don't like or approve of them, that is just fine. They don't have the overwhelming need to hide who they are to gain acceptance. How do they do that?
They believe a few things unequivocally:
- The universe is a cosmos, not a chaos.
- The universe is ordered so that everyone can be who they intend to be.
- You can have anything that you truly desire as long as it is good for you and doesn't take anyone else's good.
- Love is the overriding principle of the universe
Some of them point to Jesus as their source, citing scriptures such as these:
There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. (Mark 7:15)
For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.(Luke 6:35)
And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (John 6:39)