Just a quick entry today to point you to the Wall Street Journal’s opinion pages, in which Daniel Henninger opines about the state of Americans’ confidence, spurred on by the recent publication of the annual Gallup survey of public confidence in U.S. institutions.
Summing up the percentages corresponding to enjoying a “great deal” of Americans’ confidence and “quite a lot” of Americans’ confidence, we see the U.S. military at the top of the heap, with a 71% confidence total.
At the very bottom: The U.S. Congress, possessing the confidence of a measly 12% of the American people.
You can take a look at a nice chart showing the whole list here. There, you will see that Americans’ confidence in their own elected Congress is lower than their confidence in organized religion (48%). Lower than their confidence in the public school system (33%). Lower than their confidence in the Presidency (26%), in organized labor (20%), or in the criminal justice system (20%). Even lower than their confidence in HMOs (13%).
Perhaps some in America are beginning to see those who fill the seats in Washington D.C. as fitting what has been prophesied of our leaders in our time:
Look, the princes of Israel: each one has used his power to shed blood in you. In you they have made light of father and mother; in your midst they have oppressed the stranger; in you they have mistreated the fatherless and the widow. You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths.
…Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.
Ezekiel 22:6-8, 27
As He says in the same passage, God is looking for those willing to “stand in the gap” (Ezek. 22:30), willing to place their lives on the line, not just to make a difference, but to make the difference — the difference God is looking for.