I saw a political ad on TV recently that suggested that we can't trust one of the candidates for president.
That's one of the questions that usually comes up in an election season: "Who can you trust?" Some of us might believe that we can't trust any of the politicians, at least not completely. But we still might inquire as to which one is the most trustworthy.
I would suggest that this is a more important question than many others which the pollsters ask, such as "Which candidate would you rather have dinner with?" The question of trust focuses on the idea of which person we believe will be more likely to do as he says.
In other words, which one will follow through on those promises and nice-sounding plans proposed during the campaign? And which candidate will we be able to depend on to do what's best for our nation rather than simply what's good for himself and his own political future?
This question also addresses the issue as to which one we believe will stand by his convictions and principles when lobbyists and others pressure him to do otherwise.
I'll leave it up to you to try to figure out which political candidate may be the most deserving of your trust. But I will endorse Someone else I believe we can all trust completely -- and that's Jesus.
He is trustworthy because He is Someone who will always do what He says, He will always act in our best interests, and He will always do what is right regardless of the pressures or circumstances.
How do we know? It's not just because He says so; it's because He's proven it. The greatest indicator that we can trust Jesus is the cross. At the cross, Jesus did what He had said He came to do -- give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
He didn't come back later claiming that He had been misquoted or misunderstood. He didn't claim that "is" didn't mean "is," or that "give His life" didn't mean "to die."
As unpleasant as it was to do so, He kept that most significant of promises: to give His life so that we could have eternal life.
The cross also shows how much Jesus cares for us. If Jesus had been thinking about Himself or seeking self-promotion, He wouldn't have suffered and died, especially not in such a demeaning manner.
But He went to the cross because He was focused on helping us. He didn't run away from the prospect of suffering and death; He marched steadfastly toward it out of love for us.
We can trust Somebody who will give His life for us in the way that Jesus did.
Through the cross, we can also see the trustworthiness of Jesus in how He did what was right in spite of tremendous pressure to do otherwise.
Satan lobbied hard for Jesus to take another pathway. He tempted Jesus with everything this world could offer -- fame, fortune, and power. But Jesus refused them all, because it wasn't the right thing to do.
He felt the pressure in the Garden of Gethsemane, agonizing over the prospect of His suffering. But in the end, He submitted Himself to the will of His Father. He was committed to doing the right thing no matter how high the personal price.
That's Someone we can trust.
So whether or not you believe you can trust any political candidates, the cross shouts out loud and clear that we can trust this One who loves us and gave His life for us.
Will you put your trust in Him today?
The Rev. Tony W. Elder is pastor of Wesley Community Fellowship Church. He can be reached at 770-483-3405 or by email at RevTElder@aol.com.