FRANCE has seen its share of revolutions and revolts—1789, 1830, 1848, and May of 1968 to name a few. Today, we often hear of protests and the consistent trend of each president losing popularity throughout his term. The spirit of revolutionism is still very much alive in French culture, and the more I learn about this country and its history, the more I understand why.
The sentiment that one doesn’t care for our well-being, or is taking advantage of us, can lead to mistrust. We question motives; we judge them in order to protect ourselves. Mistrust is simply a response to selfishness, a lesson that history has taught us time after time.
Many people, including the French, have stopped believing in trustworthy authority, and resultantly, authority in general. We could say that the solution lies in complete independence from any system, yet the same problem we see in our leaders lies in our own hearts. We are selfish and self-destructive.
For me, it is consoling to be under the authority of someone that is trustworthy. I believe that “God commendeth (proves) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
No world leader has made the sacrifice God made for us, putting us before himself. He knows us, he understands our struggles, he hears our fears, he wants to guide us because he sees the whole picture. As French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville put it, “Only God can be all-powerful without danger.”
What kind of image do you have of this God? I encourage you to learn more deeply about him. You may be surprised to find out he’s not a selfish tyrant, but rather was willing to become just like us, to love us despite our flaws, and to heal our brokenness.
I encourage you to let go of your mistrust for him.