That we live in what could be dubbed the Age of Judas Iscariot is pretty much a given. Judas betrayed trust vested to him in the area of fiduciary, emotional, spiritual and personal responsibility to others, including Christ. Among the disciples he was held in higher trust than were the others, as he was least suspected, even to the point of “carrying the bag.” (The Treasurer).
Our age has witnessed the development of super sophisticated checks and balances, yet Madoff made off with billions of money from trusting associates, becoming the largest affinity hustler in history.
A pastor friend moaned that his trusted group had let him down. A few hours later a group called whining the opposite. Each wanted advice on how to discern the true heart of the next group or pastor. I gave each good advice from another.
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
Earnest was very good with a typewriter, but proved untrustworthy with a shotgun.
Christ used Judas as treasurer to teach the others that life is full of those whom you cannot trust, but get over it and continue faithfully. Of course we are to be more like Christ than like Judas. This is our choice, and ours alone.
2 Corinthians 8:21. “Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”
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