Letter: News on distrust of institutions gives fresh reminder about faith

From: Carolyn Gillihan

North Vernon

I’d like to comment on two articles in Sunday’s Republic:

1) Thank you for the editorial paying tribute to mothers (“For gifts this Mother’s Day, nothing will do”) — so uplifting!

2) In the article on page A3, “Leak shakes trust in one more American pillar,” Associated Press journalists ask, “Is there a new American motto: In nothing we trust?” The commentary on increasing distrust of American institutions was sad, but it also proves a biblical admonition: “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.” (Psalm 146:3) Jeremiah even more pointedly addresses this: “This is what the Lord says: Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:5).

It appears that as we as a nation turn away from the Lord and put our trust in government, our education systems, the economy and business, basically in ourselves and our ideas, we are finding out that we are not able to govern ourselves, not able to deal with increasing mental illness, dysfunctional families, and the scourge of substance abuse and overdose deaths. We need the Lord, individually and as a nation. “In God We Trust” is on our money. But is He in our hearts? We need to repent, as Jesus said, and turn to the Creator of all mankind, and put our trust in Him who promises to forgive sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). He promises to save us, to restore us, and to heal our land. Can you think of any man or woman who can do that?