“‘Yo no creo en nadie’ (I believe in no one). The phrase has become part of the Venezuelan lexicon… The expression was usually uttered in an offhand way by Venezuelans as a joke, a motto of our characteristically joyous disregard for authority” (New York Times, May 21, 2016). In Venezuela, vigilante justice is becoming more commonplace (ibid.). “Five years ago,” in the height of the Chavez regime, “none of us would have believed that hunger would become a part of daily life for most Venezuelans… ‘Yo no creo en nadie’ has stopped being funny. It’s become the credo of a people who no longer believe in the state as a guarantor of justice and security. It exposes the betrayal felt by Venezuelans who trusted in a government that won elections by handing out food, to the detriment of our democracy, our economy and the rule of law” (ibid.).
Venezuela’s is one of many sad national stories playing out on the world scene. This story proves the ways of man lead to futility and hopelessness, and not to peace (Jeremiah 10:23). God gave mankind time to prove that human attempts at lasting peace will fail (Isaiah 59:8), and that Christ must return for true peace to come (2 Thessalonians 3:16). For more on this important topic, read “The Way to Peace: The Missing Dimension.”