Spinning truth is one thing but claiming a lie is true and truth is a lie is very worrisome indeed.
When I was teenager my love of folk music lead me to Greenwich Village in New York City where I spent most of my free time in the mid 1960’s. I learned a great deal about the music business and recording industry but what had I learned most about? How to negotiate life in “The Big City” and survive. I became very street wise and not all my acquired knowledge came the “Easy way.” Fortunate to survive unharmed and without winding up in jail was a major accomplishment.
This practical knowledge has served me well throughout my life: when I served in The United States Army and curiosity led me to some seedy places; when I was a performer in country and rock bands that exposed me to nightlife that held many dangers; when I was confronted by unscrupulous business people. I learned to really appreciate honest people who were truthful.
Today there is an insidious threat permeating almost every level of society in the USA and World.
No duplicity is not new; the negative effect however can reach more people than ever simply because there are more people and they are better connected. We can learn from the past in order to make life better but we can also learn from the past how to perpetrate more sophisticated subterfuge. On the surface it appears The United State s of America expects a high standard of conduct from all its people but dig deeper and some disturbing trends appear.
Change is inevitable how we respond to it makes all the difference.
The middle class in the USA expected their children would have a better life: more economic success and security. Sadly this seems to be falling short. I met a skilled worker who would have many job opportunities fifty years ago but needed to accept a position as a laborer for low wages and no benefits. If politicians spent more time seeking ways to work with change rather working with blame perhaps he would have chosen training in some other field (not going to list what fields are in or out in this article).
Politicians are not the only people ‘speaking out of both sides of their mouths.’
Everyday people are taking their cue from politicians I fear: presenting a rosy picture on the surface while selfishly cutting corners behind the scenes despising their situation, choosing which laws to disregard and cheating where possible in order to gain an advantage.
As a follower of Jesus Christ I strive for something much better: honesty, empathy and constantly suppressing my flaws such as selfishness and self elevation at the expense of others. Instead I strive to make my yes a Yes and my no a No.
Examples from Holy Scripture:
Matthew 5:37 ESV
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil
James 5:12 ESV
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
Proverbs 17:7 ESV
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince.
2 Corinthians 7:14 ESV
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
John 8:44 ESV
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.