“Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”2 Corinthians 1:17, 20
As a young person I recall how the idea of telling a lie was considered a disgrace and certainly a sin. We thought it was better to speak of one “who handled the truth carelessly” as over against, “he is a liar!” Surely the ultimate was to endeavor to tell a “fib” to your parent.
Suddenly, we cannot listen to a newscast without feeling that a multitude of individuals are far shy of telling the truth. In addition, we realize that our conclusions about who is guilty, or not guilty, may or may not be correct. There are multiple possibilities existing for the “love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
While that Scripture is related to those who preach the gospel, and we have a real problem in that area, it appears to be prevalent with those who are in the arena of politics. They are elected with other people’s money, retire with the public’s retirement benefits, and appear to have done much better than normal. It gives the impression of ego and lying as acceptable.
If there was ever a time when the commandment, “You shall not bear false witness, it is now.” (Exodus 20:16) The Apostle Paul said: “Let your yea be yea and your nay be nay.” (2 Corinthians 1:17-22)
Individuals take office, accused persons stand before the courts, etc. and “swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, so help me God”, and yet the veracity of that telling of the truth can be challenged as time develops.
Remember, “Tell the truth and shame the devil”! More so, tell the truth and honor the Lord!