As we enter the year 2022, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation is raising a provocative question: Who do you trust?
For Christian believers, the first answer is that we trust the Lord and believe the truth of His Word. Many may also add that we trust our families, our friends, and our spiritual leaders. When it comes to public affairs however, things become more complex. Who do we trust to give us accurate information about our government? Our health? Our society?
According to USA Today, fewer than one-third of Americans trust government or the media. Given the many times Americans in general (and New Yorkers in particular) have been burned by corrupt and dishonest politicians, and given the rampant bias we see in the mainstream media, this lack of trust is well-earned. But if we don’t trust government or the media, who do we trust instead?
At NYFRF, the best advice we can give is this: Be lovers and seekers of truth (see I Corinthians 13:6). Specifically, be careful about what you read, watch, and listen to. Don’t believe everything you hear. Find out the source of information you receive, and find out what its reputation is. Is it reliable? Biased? A purveyor of fake news? If the information you receive seems outrageous and sensationalistic, be especially skeptical.
If Christians fail to be lovers and seekers of truth, the consequences can be deeply unfortunate. We may end up confused about important matters, and we may repeat inaccurate information and confuse those around us. There are many important issues in the political arena that desperately need Christian influence. Getting caught up in tall tales, whether from the internet or elsewhere, can distract and sideline us from influencing the real world around us. On the other hand, if we love and seek the truth, we can be informed and effective ambassadors for Jesus.
In 2022, let’s resolve to love and seek the truth.