Often in history, people have stated that they did not need to generate a report of their work because people needed to trust them. It sounds somewhat Biblical and maybe even a little spiritual until we dig deeper into what the real issue is.
It does sound Biblical because, after all, the writer of Hebrews says that without faith (trust) it is impossible to please God. We must demonstrate faith consistently.
Habakkuk says, “…the righteous will live by faith (trust).” Paul repeats the thought in Romans 1 and in three other places.
In these passages and others, we are encouraged to have faith in God and trust Him. There may be principles in the Bible about trusting people, but the magnitude of that trust is far different from trusting God simply because of the character of the One in whom we are trusting. God always passes the “trust” test; we seldom do.
Isaiah says that our righteousness is like filthy rags (64:6). Jesus said in John 2 that He did not need man’s testimony about man, for He knew what was in a man. Our hearts have a tendency to drift toward sin. I am not sure that any of us do perfectly well in the absence of accountability.
We wouldn’t consider not holding our federal government accountable.
We wouldn’t consider not holding our doctor accountable.
Law enforcement people wouldn’t consider not checking up on drivers to see if they are actually going at, or below, the posted speed limit.
My board of directors wouldn’t consider not holding me accountable and they even trust me.
Bonnie trusts me, but she still has the right to know where I have been and what I have been doing? I have earned her trust but I am still accountable.
Paul says in I Corinthians 4:2, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” There is no option of blind trust when it comes to people.
When people choose not to be accountable, it is easy for them to throw out the “trust me” statement. It does have a twinge of truth, but it lacks Biblical support.
We all are accountable to God and we all need to be accountable to one another. It is not a matter of trust but a matter of accountability. Just because we live next door to “trust” does not mean that “accountability” shouldn’t live in the same neighborhood.