Perverting the Truth

Washington MonumentDeception, half truths, premeditated and purposed distortions

The truth, unlike lies, requires no embellishment. Michael Mencias

The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth. Bill Clinton

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke

  The truth is always under attack. Too many are willing to pervert it, slant it and manipulate it to suit their purposes. The sanctity of truth is fundamental to living a life of freedom. It needs to be protected and held in the highest esteem. We should stop taking it for granted. It is important that we not only personally protect it, but expect it and demand it from all our loved ones, friends, associates and most absolutely from our leaders.

   We were taught as children to tell the truth. It was a given that when someone gave us their ‘word’ it was very likely they could be trusted. Over the years, there has been slippage. Increasingly, there are those taking liberty with the truth; they stretch, twist and modify it to create something that becomes only a fraction of a facsimile of truth. It is being done more and more. The truth is “spun”. We have all but accepted this as normal. Truth is in peril. We should be cautions, suspicious and discerning of what is said and written and concerned about our gullibility and naiveté.  It is time to take a stand for truth. Truth is endangered and should be declared as such.

    Most of us have been guilty of not telling the truth as some point in life. Chances are we felt very badly about what we did because we knew we violated and disrespected ourselves and those around us. We taught our kids the importance of the principals behind truth. Without truth no longer a foundation, society is in serious trouble.

    Truth has been intertwined with important principles such as honesty and integrity. A person lacking one is likely to be lacking the others. Those who take liberty with the truth are less likely to be honest or to be a person of integrity. Those who pervert the truth are those we should not trust. Their character is flawed.

     The truth is worth standing for and defending. It starts with us. We should rededicate ourselves to be more truthful and honest, and to have integrity in all our actions and dealings. As we get our own house and act in order, we should expect and demand it from everyone. We should not do business with, vote for, or trust those who pollute the purity of truth. It is the most serious pollution of all.  

Challenge: Whenever you allow yourself to violate a fundamental principle you do harm to yourself. If you allow yourself to slip, then you will tend to accept the same slippage and unacceptable behavior in others. It becomes a slippery slope. Principles and standards start to erode and slip away. It is always the time to do what is right and acceptable. This is something that is done one step and one decision at a time. Do the right thing.

Wisdom: Every exaggeration of the truth once detected by others destroys our credibility and makes all that we do and say suspect.  Stephen Covey

Spiritual: (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5, 6

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully. Proverbs 28:5

God gave us a conscience as a first line of defense in trying to keep us on the right path. Our conscience is supposed to warn us when we get out of line or go down the wrong path. The more we are guided and in line with God’s will and purpose, the more our conscience and convictions will advise us to do what is right. The ways of the world are strong and can overcome weak wills and consciences. We need God to give us strength. 

Prayer: Help me to listen to my conscience and to the Holy Spirit. Help me to do what is right.

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