Today we hear voices coming from all directions. Communication is at an
all-time high. Many of these voices are trying to persuade us about something.
What we ought to buy, who we should vote for, what we should give our loyalty
to, and so much more.
How often do we hear of broken election promises, bad business deals, people
deceived even to the point of having their lives ruined.
Keeping a promise
Sadly, the word of
another is getting harder to believe, making cynicism and distrust the
emerging common response of today. The media is ably keeping us informed of
scams, swindles, rackets and rorts. Meantime, our faith in human nature is
taking a nosedive. Little wonder the average person is unimpressed by
political rhetoric, hard sell and televangelists.
We make victims of each other when we tell lies because someone gets hurt,
someone is let down. Children feel it when Mum or Dad promise something and
then fail to deliver. Husbands and wives are hurt when promises--even wedding
vows--are dishonoured and cast to one side. We can all remember some occasion
when we have been disappointed — even insulted — by a lie.
Getting away with it
There was a time
when honesty was held up as a virtue. The saying went: ‘A man’s
word is his bond’. But now we see something else being praised and
approved. Being smart enough to get votes by persuasiveness, then to forget
what you said once in office. Or to tell just a few white lies in business,
then making a handsome profit and being called ‘successful’. Some
music groups have tried miming to their tapes rather than going to the trouble
of singing to the audience.
An increasing number of people cheat on their marriage partner with so-called
‘harmless affairs’, especially while away from home.
The rule seems to be: ‘don’t get caught and all is
A twist to this whole
sorry story is that most people, it seems, will resort to a lie when they feel
it is going to help them. Oh yes, they are strong in their denunciation of
others who have deceived them in some way but it doesn’t stop them from
lying when they see fit. Some how or other people will find a way of
justifying a lie to Social Security or the Taxation Department.
Justice in the end
Those who cry out
that justice must be done and the truth comes out can rest assured that it
will. God has promised it and here is a word we can trust. ‘Vengeance is
mine; I will repay’ says the Lord in the book of
Romans chapter 12 and verse 19.
All those who are disillusioned with their fellow human beings, please,
don’t give up in despair. There is a place to put your faith. There is
One who will not, who cannot, let you down. The God of the bible cannot lie.
He is the God who keeps his word, a word that assures us of his love and
concern for all, and what He has done for us in Christ when he died in our
As one who has placed his faith in a faithful Lord, I can only recommend to
you that you do the same. He is the rock that doesn’t move. He cannot
deny himself. As Jesus said while he was here; ‘I am the truth’
(John 14:6). He who trusts in him shall never be disappointed