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March 16, 2014

Broken Trust, Kept Trust - A Chasm of Difference

ORANGE — When this daughter of mine was in high school, her best friend convinced her she should break up with her boy friend. He was really cute but not to be trusted was the friend's advice, which my daughter heeded

A couple of days later my daughter dropped by a local youth hangout on her way home from school. And would you believe? Seated in a corner booth, all cuddly like, she saw her "best" friend with her former boy friend.

Yes, in that one break-up my daughter learned a painful lesson about the fragile nature of human trust, which, when broken, inevitably leads to deeply hurtful regrets for the wounded.

Some regrets linger a while, then fade away, do they not? We get over them. Others stay for what seems like forever, as constant reminders of the bitter ending of friendships, marriages and other relationships that were begun with the greatest of hopes for their permanence.

Almost always , it appears to me, these longer-lasting regrets have to do with broken trust. A promise was not kept by one or both of the parties involved, usually for the sake of some anticipated personal gain.

In a civilized society, where lasting relationships are presumed to be of the highest value, one should expect a scarcity of regrets resulting from broken trusts. But sadly, this is not the case in our modern world, where the only certainly about human behavior often seems to be, "No one is to be trusted."

Do politicians lie? Do husbands and wives cheat? Do billionaires break the law?

Trust me. They do. And the consequences are less than encouraging, which is why it should serve us well to be strongly reminded of the irreplaceable value of faith and its necessary partner for human civility and decency: trust.

Here's a welcome bit of Good News in this regard:

Over the past six months and more, a few miles from the center of Orange, TX there has been daily unfolding a remarkable story. Every day, except for an occasional relief, one man has nursed with great care and attention his step-son who has been in a coma for over six months.

The man's faithfulness speaks for itself, But he has not been alone. The wife, the son, the daughter, the entire family and dozens upon dozens of Christian friends - one and all, they've been staunch and unswerving in their faithfulness. Their vows of trust and friendship have been kept.

What saddens me about this marvelous story is that so many of the younger generation have turned away from the faith that created and sustained these modern-day Christians, keeping them strong and "together" in their nurture and support of a wounded companion whom they love.

This brilliant younger generation of ours - and it is that, brilliant of mind and body - it is, I fear, in serious danger: of losing the awesome sense of togetherness and common purpose in which they were born and by which America has prospered throughout its history.

It's all about others, my young friends, others: their well being. their health. their happiness. It's not just about me and you, or whatever may be yours or my personal gain.

In the end, I believe first, last and in between - that's what faith in Jesus Christ is all about.

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