Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Whole Truth!




You people may be strong

and brag about your sins,

but God can be trusted

day after day.


You plan brutal crimes,

and your lying words cut

like a sharp razor.


You would rather do evil

than good, and tell lies

than speak the truth.


You love to say cruel things,

and your words are a trap.


God will destroy you forever!

He will grab you and drag you

from your homes.

You will be uprooted

and left to die.

Psalm 52:1-5

Politicians in the United States have earned the reputation of being "serial liars."  It seems that many of them would rather tell a lie than tell the truth!  Are our leaders the only ones guilty of living in lies or is that problem widespread throughout our society? Of course lying is not simply a leadership issue.  Not telling the truth is like a flood covering our land!

The problem is simply this: What to do when you are uncomfortable with the truth.  Do you let the truth change you or do you lie about the truth because the truth would expose your sin?  "Passing the buck" about your own sin is as old as the Garden of Eden.  "It was the woman."   That was the excuse which was  quickly followed by "the snake" (THE DEVIL) made me do it! 

Perhaps the best and most unbelievable self justification of national leaders today is this: "I learned about it from the press, just like everyone else!"  If you believe those kinds of statements then you should be the teacher of the little boy who said his dog ate his homework!

But before we become too arrogant about how our lives certainly don't engage in such "lying" we need to ask ourselves one question.  How often do you speak a truth that makes your life uncomfortable?  Are you willing to proclaim the "truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,"  or do you only speak those words that will not expose your sin? 

"Lord Jesus, I confess to You that like the lying politicians I sometimes try to cover my own sin with a lie.  Give me the courage today to speak the truth regardless of the consequences.  May my sins be covered by Your Blood, Jesus and not by my own lies!  Praise Your Name forever!  Amen."

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