While raising our children we taught them value of always telling the truth. But things have changed. A recent research poll said, “The majority of teens surveyed (71 percent) say they feel fully prepared to make ethical decisions when they enter the workforce. Yet 38 percent of that group believe it is sometimes necessary to cheat, plagiarize, lie or even behave violently in order to succeed. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of all teens surveyed think cheating on a test is acceptable on some level, and more than half of those teens (54 percent) say their personal desire to succeed is the rationale. “
Which brings us to the present. The United States Supreme Court may have to decide if a law can be passed to make it illegal for politicians to make false statements while campaigning. This may sound ridiculous because most of us have taken it for granted that they all lie. Recently, our President said he had “misspoke” on several occasions. I don’t believe that we will see lying becoming illegal. Lying is seen by our culture not only to be accepted but a necessity on occasion. While it may not be illegal to lie, it is still morally wrong.
- “But you want complete honesty,so teach me true wisdom.” Psalm 51:6
- “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” Proverbs 12:19
- “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;…John 16:13
A true Christ-follower is one that speaks the truth: “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor…” Ephesians 4:25
Charing Cross is the geographical center of London, England, and the location of one of the primary railway stations in the city. The name stems from the fact that King Edward I erected a cross on that site in memory of his wife Eleanor after her death in 1290. “All distances in the United Kingdom from London are measured from Charing Cross. This spot is referred to simply as ‘the cross.’ A lost child was one day picked up by a London ‘bobby.’ The child was unable to tell where he lived. Finally, in response to the repeated questions of the bobby, and amid sobs and tears, the little fellow said, ‘If you will take me to the cross I think I can find my way from there.’” SOURCE: James Brown Pounds, “London’s ‘The Cross’”
I would imagine that almost all of us want our lives to have made a difference. We probably will not have our picture on the cover of People magazine nor write a best-selling novel. I doubt I will win the Nobel Peace prize nor discover the cure for cancer.
When I think of people who have changed the world, no one has changed the world more than Jesus Christ. I know, He was divine but He was also human. I have given this considerable thought and have come to the conclusion that we cannot improve on the method Jesus used. Basically Jesus poured His life into the lives of His followers, who turned the world upside down. Acts 17:6
The Bible clearly teaches that material possessions will have little importance in the light of eternity. Matthew 16:26 The only way that you will be remembered one hundred years from now is not you spiritually reproduce yourself in the lives of others. “…Go out and train everyone you meet far and near, in this way of life,…” Matthew 28:19 MSG
One of the last instructions the Apostle Paul left Timothy, his young son-in-the-faith, was “Timothy, my child, Christ Jesus is kind, and you must let him make you strong. You have often heard me teach. Now I want you to tell these same things to followers who can be trusted to tell others.” 2 Timothy 2:1-2
Whose life are you investing in?