Posted Dec 31, 2021 by Michael L. Brown

Although there are many things that characterize the year 2021, perhaps nothing is more conspicuous than the deep lack of trust that Americans currently have in their national leadership. From the president to the CDC, from Dr. Fauci to the media, almost everyone is viewed with suspicion and mistrust.

Of course, it would be all too easy for those on the left to blame this on former president Trump. After all, wasn’t he the one driving the “stop the steal” movement? And didn’t he make clear that, not even the Supreme Court could be trusted?

But to blame the current situation on Trump would be both shallow and naive.

Plenty of clearheaded, fair-minded, thinking Americans have good reason to question what they are hearing and seeing and reading. Can anyone really be trusted?

Both leftwing and rightwing media have become so politicized that much of the reporting is often more sensationalistic than sound.

Endless internet headlines (which people often run with, at face value) are mere clickbait, with the article linked having nothing to do with the (false) headline at all.

Big Tech has consistently censored inconvenient news stories and politically threatening voices.

And the selective reporting of major events by major media outlets resulted in tens of millions of Americans having skewed ideas of reality. (Did you see the November 2020 poll that indicated that, had many Biden voters know more about Trump’s successes, or scandals related to Biden, they would have voted for Trump, thereby changing the outcome of the election?)

Yet all this pales in comparison to our distrust of how the nation (and even world) is handling COVID. (Don’t forget that even Trump was recently booed by his supporters for encouraging everyone to be vaccinated.)

On December 29, I posted this question on Facebook and, in slightly shorter form, on Twitter: “This is an honest question (not a sarcastic one). In years past, athletes got the flu but sports games went on as scheduled, with some players even playing while sick. Why is it so different with Covid, especially since these players are certainly not getting mortally ill? Why are games being canceled and schedules turned upside down?”

The responses were quite enlightening, with a significant percentage saying that this was all about fear, manipulation, and control. Why do so many Americans feel like this?

To be sure, there were plenty of other responses, offering thoughts like this: “I thought it was due to the fact that there hasn’t been enough time to know long term effects of the virus yet. Some say worse conditions developed after having it, others say it was coincidence. I am assuming once we’ve had some more time and research to see what this virus is actually doing to our bodies/organs, things will get back to normal. Like a ‘Better safe than sorry’ approach.”

And this, “No one wants to cancel bowl games. People lose $$$$ and alot of it. They do it for the safety of those involved... We comparing a common cold to Covid?”

Others, however, observed that almost all these athletes have been vaccinated, and the leagues have had strict protocols in place for many months. Yet to what effect?

Not surprisingly, responses like this were common: “Control, we are witnessing a transfer of power like never before in the history of this country, the politicians are abusing health to manipulate the population. It’s not about health it’s about control!”

And, “Control, control, control over the masses. May we see your Covid Passport? Don't have one? Too zee cooler!”

And, “Honestly my personal thoughts are because it’s a highly politicized virus and they are squeezing this virus for all the control they can get.”

And, “Because of the true agenda. Fear mongering is working.”

And, “Because the media and politicians have scared the bageebers out of everyone.”

And, “What is most alarming is how many people actually don’t know the answer to that. It was never about a virus.”

It would be all too easy for one side to attack the other side as ignorant or closeminded or conspiratorial or the like. Instead, given the depth of mistrust that exists, it’s better to ask the only question that matters: why so much mistrust?

It is easy to find whole compilations on “Fauci flip-flops,” containing lists like this:

  • “Masks don’t work.”
  • “Masks DO work.
  • “Masks don’t work unless you get an N95 mask.
  • “You don’t need an N95 mask – just a cloth mask.
  • “One mask is okay, but two masks are better to prevent ‘leakage.'”
  • “Kids don’t need to wear masks.
  • “Kids should wear masks.
  • “Did I remember to unplug the toaster?
  • “Vaccinated people don’t need to wear a mask.
  • “Vaccinated people should definitely wear a mask.”

Similar articles can be found documenting flip-flops from the CDC and the WHO.

Who, then, can be trusted? And leading doctors have asked why pharmacies, under government directives, are refusing to fill prescriptions that could potentially save the lives of COVID-suffers. Why?

I tend to be as non-conspiratorial as anyone, having seen so many conspiracy theories explode in the face of solid research. And, with my academic degrees grounded in ancient languages and texts, meaning, studying primary sources in the original languages, I take secondary reports with a large grain of salt. Let me get to the original sources.

I’m also a very trusting person and tend to believe the best about others until proven wrong.

All that being said, I genuinely do not know who to trust these days when it comes to COVID-related matters (other than personal, well-educated colleagues, which includes my personal physician). And I remain very suspicious of the latest national plans and strategies (while, of course, wholeheartedly opposing vaccine mandates and wholeheartedly encouraging wise lifestyle choices).

But that’s not how I want to end my last article of 2021. Instead, what I want to declare is that, overall, all this mistrust and suspicion doesn’t concern me that deeply since I never put all my trust in people (let alone in government institutions). 

My absolute faith and trust are in one place, namely, in the only one worth of total trust, God Himself. To echo the words of Paul, “I know whom I have believed” (2 Timothy 1:12). That is my source of strength and hope and courage and faith and assurance and wisdom and guidance.

And so, as we come to the end of a very difficult year for many, I encourage you to look to the Lord like never before – to the one who died for you and rose from the dead – and to put your unconditional trust in Him and Him alone.

As expressed by the courageous Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian friend of the Jews during the Holocaust who watched her family members die at the hands of the Nazis, “I’ve experienced His Presence in the deepest darkest hell that men can create. I have tested the promises of the Bible, and believe me, you can count on them.”

Be determined to trust Him in 2022.


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OT posted a comment · Jan 07, 2022
This scripture is more relevant I think. ———————————— 2 Timothy 4:3-4 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.(A) Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.(B) 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.(C)
OT posted a comment · Jan 03, 2022
OT posted a comment · Jan 03, 2022
Get a grip maineite fake news? for four years dems called into question the legitimacy of Trumps election ....and tried every foul trick in the democrat/journalistic Alinsky like tactic arsenal to discredit a duly elected president and robbed Americans of the election! you are of puny intellect incapable of seeing your own part in the reality of live in a fantasy! Lol laughable
OT posted a comment · Jan 03, 2022
Sure what ever you say! Now go drink your koolaid!
OT posted a comment · Jan 03, 2022
Sure what ever you say! Now go drink your koolaid!
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jan 03, 2022
Of course the Orange Monster is responsible for this. He is the one who created the idea of "fake news" for any story that did not perpetuate the "Big Lie" and stroke his tiny little ... ego. And not one single shred of evidence -- you know: that verifiable stuff that is presented under oath in a court of law -- has ever supported one single claim made by the creature.
OT posted a comment · Jan 02, 2022
The press , media , have created the mistrust we now find citizens in the U.S. facing. They have broken trust with the public , they have been charged to broker information without bias. Forbes - “Where does all this philosophical tribalism end, when it begins to impact sources of news that are supposed to be honest brokers of information?“( Andy Meek) Forbes . All this er·ro·ne·ous information is responsible for mass confusion . The news cycle is moving at such a furious pace , and truth delayed/ lost.
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SteveW posted a comment · Jan 02, 2022
You ask Dr Brown: "Why is it so different with Covid, especially since these players are certainly not getting mortally ill?" Well, no, they are not getting mortally ill from Covid, but they are from the vaccines. Have you not seen all the reports of sportsmen falling dead on the field of play or those retiring due to vaccine adverse effects? How has this managed to pass you by?
OT posted a comment · Dec 31, 2021
My trust is rightly place in God for 2022 and I hope republicans take the house and senate in November.
OT posted a comment · Dec 31, 2021
~Mistrust and Suspicion ~ “deep lack of trust that Americans currently have in their national leadership. From the president (Brandon) to the CDC, from Dr. Fauci to the media, almost everyone is viewed with suspicion and mistrust. Of course, it would be all too easy for those on the left to blame the current situation on Trump would be both shallow and naive.” (skwh310)
czarpaul posted a comment · Dec 31, 2021
I too have seen conspiracy theories go kerblewy but at the same time I have seen some conspiracy theories that panned out. You can't believe ALL of them but you likewise can't dismiss ALL of them. Sometimes something is labeled a conspiracy theory not because it is false but because it is true and people don't want you to know it is true. False accusations are something Christians and anyone who stands for truth is familiar with. We can't let the label prevent us from examining something.