Do I sound cynical and jaded. I am not. I am realistic based on the experiences I have had. When I leave school I listen to the adults of the world. Some are on the radio and TV. More lies. Some are in the print media. More lies.
This is nothing new. I was recently reminded of Ananias and Sapphira. They sold some land and claimed that they had donated the money to the church to help the poor. Actually they only donated part. The problem was not in keeping part for themselves. The problem was in saying they gave it all. They lied.
(Acts 5:3-4 KJV) But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.Why do they lie to me when they are sure to be caught? Why do they say they have no gum in their mouth when it is hanging out the corner? They were trained to be this way. Their parents often believe anything they say because they don’t want to be bothered with moral education. The school continues the pattern.
The pattern has consequences, now and later. Now it breaks down the foundations of society. If you can’t believe someone what kind of life can you build? How can you conduct a business, marry, get along with your neighbors or even order dinner in a restaurant if honesty is gone?
It has eternal consequences. It crossed my mind that so many of us are used to lying and getting away with it that we think we can lie to God. We think that God is as dumb as our eighth grade history teacher. We think we can con our way out of Hell.
If our eternity is not in the balance, why worry about doing the right thing now.
Honesty should be taught. Dishonesty should be punished.
Apply it where you like but remember November is coming.
homo unius libri