As a youngster, I thought telling a little ‘white’ lie with my fingers crossed behind my back and was OK. It didn’t take me long to realize just how wrong that was. I wish I could say that the realization was enough to prevent more lies, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. The worst thing is getting caught in a lie, but we seem to short of ‘catchers’. There’s a bunch of oldsters who sit at a table, one hand in their lap with their fingers crossed and when someone digs deeply and discovers that which comes forth from their mouth is a big ‘white’ lie, it either is not reported and if it is, it is ignored or excused. ‘Tis a Puzzlement! Another example of twisting truth is when a reporter takes a statement out of context and blends in personal opinion and/or prejudice, thus causing the uninformed to think negatively of another person. I believe to twist facts or statements to mean something other than expressed is just as big a sin as a lie. It is ‘False Witness’ and it warned against all through the Bible. Take time to look in a Concordance, or better yet, type “False Witness in the Bible” in Google Search and see for yourself. (There are 12 verses in the King James alone) It seems to me that a person’s “Yes and No” does not carry the same value today. In the gospel of James, he says that GOD is opposed to swearing on anything. GOD expects- no demands- that we as Christians stand on our promises just as we stand on HIS PROMISE. I know it will never happen, but wouldn’t it be a HOOT if everyone, everywhere, never told another lie, and wouldn’t this be a wonderful world if we all kept our word? We could start by putting into action, JESUS’ eleventh Commandment. It’s tough, but we wouldn’t be told to do it if it weren’t within our ability. It just takes a mindset filtered through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, donchaknow.
“May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart, be acceptable to YOU, O GOD” AMEN!