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Trust and Truth

by on July 22, 2013



  • Trust is closely related to truth. People who are known for being persons of truth are people who can be trusted. When leaders hedge on truth or lean on politics, trust is broken. People instinctively know that leaders cannot be trusted when they do not deal straight-forwardly with the truth.


Most people would prefer a physician who would tell the truth rather than being untruthful about their condition.  It is important to know the truth about a serious illness so it can be treated.


  • Trust is also closely related to equity. When leaders are equitable, people know that they can be trusted. They know that equity will be meted out and fairness will rule the decisions. This provides security. It also provides fear of doing wrong and being caught. But, it makes the people feel safe because they know that the leader will treat everyone with equity, no matter their status.


  • Safety is also of critical importance. Leaders must be safe people. That is, they must be persons who have the best interest of the people at heart. When people know that they are safe in the hands of their leaders, a healthy society is formed. Lack of trust and lack of safety make an unhealthy culture.


The message is clear. For a healthy culture there needs to be healthy, truthful, equitable, safe leaders who can be trusted. Until His Kingdom comes on earth, we are to model His character.



With righteousness He shall judge the poor,

And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;


He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,

And  with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.


Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,

And faithfulness the belt of His waist.


From Isaiah 11:4-5






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