Trust, But Verify
By: Rick Boxx
May 11, 2015
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan was signing an arms treaty with Mikhail Gorbachev when he said to Mr. Gorbachev the famous phrase, “Trust, but verify.” Reagan knew that he needed to make an agreement with Russia, but due to Russia’s past history of lies and deception President Reagan built accountability into the treaty.
This system revolved around trusting Russia only to the extent America could verify what they said to be true. Some people are masterful at convincing you that they are telling the truth, but they’re actions eventually prove otherwise.
Proverbs 27:6 teaches, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”
When you’re working with known deceivers, or those you suspect may be, it’s wise to follow President Reagan’s advice and “Trust, but verify.”
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