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Truthfulness Concerns

July 29, 2013

“Concerns about truthfulness are undermined by contemporary emphasis on image, success, litigation, and personal affirmation.”[1]

For most churches in America, Sunday morning holds a miracle. When people are asked “how are you” the great majority is fine with no problems what-so-ever. A whole week where there are no problems, no concerns and everything was just perfect. A person would be shocked if someone answered, “I had a horrible week and I am still not doing well.”

While this may seem superficial, this is just an illustration of the erosion of truthfulness Christine Pohl speaks of. No one would tell someone they must tell every dirty detail of a situation, that is an unhealthy voyeurism. Yet, it is patently dishonest to say one is well when they are not. This is the root of the issue – honesty. Christians are supposed to behave differently. They are to reflect Jesus, the Messiah, to the world at large. Dishonesty is not a characteristic of Jesus, so why would a Christian exhibit it?

Lies are used to make one look better; they are not only a lie to others, but a lie to oneself. Told often enough, it will begin to feel true to a person. It erodes the work the Spirit is doing in a person by obscuring His voice. A lie cannot stand on its own. One lie begets another lie. This is becomes a deafening snowball effect. Lying is addictive. How many lies have been spun to protect the first lie?

What are we lying about? After all, everyone has a tough time or is not happy from time to time. You can tell someone you are lousy this week and next week is not looking much better without telling them the details behind it. Some may stand there in shock, whereas others may ask how they can help. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are to support each other and lift each other up. When you tell the truth, you open the door for others to bless us.

A Christian’s success, image, and affirmation should come from their position in the family of God. A Christian is a child of God, and there is the image one needs to focus on – Jesus. To do this means one must allow their weakness to be exposed, in this case they are not doing well, to show our reliance on Jesus as our King and Savior. While the world tell you not to show weakness, in the heavens your weakness is His strength. Be honest in all you say, and lie no more!

[1] Christine D. Pohl. Living into Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. 118

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