The MessageBy PASTOR LUIS CARTAGENA,
Whom to Trust
One of the most obvious features of today’s society is the excess of trust in false speculation or in people who tend to lie in order to achieve some purposes that please their followers, but mostly lack truth. There are surveys that show a lack of confidence in politicians, in journalists, in advertising, in governments, etc. Personally, I do not trust totally the important networks like Facebook, YouTube and others that have allowed the dissemination of false news and prefabricated videos with an orientation destined to deceive public opinion.
In recent years, the media has emphasized the scandals of famous people who have committed sexual harassment and pedophilia but, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9 ESV) However, it is curious to note that many victims of the culprits have waited years to report the abuse. It is evident that there is, apart from justice, an economic interest that generally accompanies a guilty verdict.
With the advancement of digital computing, a new crime of theft through hacking has also originated. These antisocial elements in computer science has forced the government to have professionals dedicated to detect and defend the nation from those attacks. We, as a community, must be cautious in the handling of our personal computers, to include smart phones. Before buying by computer, find out how serious the company you are trusting is. “The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.” (Proverbs .16:17 ESV)
We should only trust in the Word of God and take special care against some dubious interpretations that some ministers make of the divine message. “Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips...A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. A man of violence entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good.” (Proverbs 16: 22-23, 28-29 ESV).
We can only rely on a victory when we have put our trust in God and not in ourselves or in the social network. We often struggle with new challenges but we do not know if we have the capacity or the experience necessary to face those challenges. Let us not let our feelings prevent us from obeying God’s call. “...that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
May God bless you