Trust Falls With Jesus.

If your Tylenol smells like almonds, don't take it.

Have you ever heard of the Tylenol murders? My millennial self had never heard of them either until a recent episode of the Stuff You Should Know podcast. The murders took place in this ancient time known as 1982. Truthfully, that was only three years before I was born, but it was definitely a different era. An era where everyone trusted stuff on the shelves that had zero protection against tampering.

On September 29, 1982, in Chicago, all this changed. Seven people unexpectedly dropped dead in their homes. While early on, it wasn't clear that they were all connected, some savvy police work found a common theme: Tylenol. But it wasn't the Tylenol that was killing them.

While all the details still aren't known, it appears someone had taken the Tylenol off the shelves and coated the pills with potassium cyanide and put them back on the shelves. People were unsuspectingly trying to relieve a headache and never leaving the bathroom. Terror not only spread across Chicago but the whole world. How could you trust any medicine or packaged food? It all could be poisoned.

As you can imagine, Johnson and Johnson, the owners of the Tylenol brand, had lost a lot of faith from the community. People were terrified to take Tylenol and with good reason. They lost all trust in the brand. So Johnson and Johnson went about earning the worlds trust back. Even though it wasn't technically their fault, step one in regaining the world's trust was assisting in finding the terrorist (They never did, and the case is still open). Step two was recalling $100 million worth of product (And that's in 1982 money!). Step three was creating tamper-proof packaging consisting of a glued box, plastic around the lid, aluminum foil over the opening, and cotton inside.

After years of millions of people surviving Tylenol, Johnson and Johnson's actions did eventually regain the public's trust. I mean, I didn't even know about these murders and I'm pretty sure I took Tylenol last week without giving it a single thought. That's trust.

Trust is hard to gain and even easier to lose. I've heard it said, the best indication of someone's future trustworthiness is their past trustworthiness. Tomorrow we look at Jesus and ask the question, "Can Jesus be trusted?" We'll look at why he was trustworthy and why he is stilltrustworthy.