Jackson Five Friday: The Death of Credibility

Sunrise 1/15/2021

Hey Friends,

Hope you’ve had a great week. I’ve had one of those weeks where I’ve looked so forward to sitting down and processing life through writing. I’ve jotted down all kinds of blog ideas and if time allowed, I’d write a mega post — there are so many issues I’d like to fully unpack. But the day is almost over and I’m just now at the computer so I’ll be brief: sadly, so far 2021 seems like more of the same. Lies, lies, lies and more lies, accompanied by shameless attempts to craft certain pre-determined narratives. It can be very discouraging. Are facts no longer relevant? Does common sense play any role at all? Are thoughtful questions no longer allowed? On the one hand the death of credibility is disheartening. We long for someone on the national level to be honest, upright, even noble, but on the other hand why would we think it would be any different?

We are steeped in sin at birth. Even on a personal level the reality of this truth packs a punch. You may think the world of someone, but eventually you learn that no person is disappointment-free. The facts are every person is a hypocrite, no one maintains credibility, and disappointment is an inevitability. It’s sad, and yet awesome at the same time. How is it awesome? Because the pervasive letdowns should lead us all to the feet of Jesus. Because He is never hypocritical. He will never lose credibility, and He will never disappoint.

One of the first verses my sons learned was “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). It’s such a simple concept, but what a great reminder for 2021. The world may feel insanely out of control, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. He does not change. He’s not surprised by anything that is going on, and His love for you is just as unquenchable as ever. Love the people in your circle of influence. Continually point them to Christ. Recognize there is nothing more toxic than unforgiveness. Ask God to reveal and ruthlessly dig out your own bitter roots. And proceed with peace, knowing deep down that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

With Love,


2 thoughts on “Jackson Five Friday: The Death of Credibility

  1. Beth Sedmak says:

    Kristi – thanks for articulating what many are feeling and holding onto today. I was in the city Jan 7th, and there were still people on the mall who had come in for the peaceful rally. They were not angry but calm and joyful, many were praying and making declarations over our country. Their accounts were not surprisingly very different from news outlets. I was standing at the Lincoln looking down towards the Capitol and I cried with grief for our city and nation. My heart breaks, maybe it is a small, small level of what Jesus felt when He wept over Jerusalem. But at the same time, our hope is not in a city, government or nation – but God alone.

  2. Mary Gearhart says:

    Yes! Yes! And Yes! Our pastor asked us to meditate this week on one attribute of God this week. I chose His immutability. The world around us may swirl in change. But God never ever does!

    And as I read this morning, as change surrounds me, so does his steadfast love because in trust Him – Psalm 32:10. In contrast, in that verse, many are the sorrows of the wicked! So I pray for them to find peace with God—influencing the circle of people around me.

    Thank you, Kristie for inspiring words.

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