Truth or Consequences
Telling a lie, an untruth, will always require telling another one to back-up the original deception. A lie is told to avoid the truth because the consequences of telling the truth causes an inconvenience, a hurting situation or causes a result considered undesirable by the one telling the lie. Lies are told to deflect blame and responsibility or ownership. The consequences of lying will always produce very grave results sooner or later.
God’s ninth commandment says; “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” God really means what He says! No excuses! There is no such thing as a little white lie. Lying is lying – it is a sin and the wages of sin is death.
Where am I going with this? Every day, we are being told so many lies by our government we have become desensitized to this very serious sin. I hear many people saying; “I don’t know what to believe anymore!” I agree. How can we trust our politicians; those whom we have elected to represent us? It seems hopeless! Surely the bricks and mortar of our government are saturated with repetitive, intentional deception and deceit now. I don’t think politics historically has ever been a totally honest institution, but we are now witnessing a history-making record of intentional lying.
My evangelical grandmother used to tell me when I was a little boy; “Melton, honey, don’t tell your mother and dad a lie, that’s not a good thing to do. Jesus doesn’t like it when we lie.” My grandmother was the first real angel I ever knew. She was honest with me always; I knew I could always trust what she said. Her advice was biblical too! I wish she could have been a grandmother to all these lying politicians. Maybe they did have an honest-speaking grandmother like mine. If so, they never learned to listen to these great ladies and remember to always tell the truth. Oh yeah, another thing she told me over and over again; “Be sure your sins will find you out!”
Let’s pray the next election produces honest, Christian men and women to represent us in Austin and in Washington. Our future depends on it!