8 THINGS WRONG WITH THE TRUTH
There’s something going on in the world today. And this thing is not bound to a certain gender, race, religion, or age group. It transcends all of those things. Not only that, but it is not limited by time or place either. It’s really quite amazing if you think about it. It’s an art. It’s a lifestyle. It’s an embodiment of an ideal world that simply doesn’t exist.
What is it?
It’s called deception. It’s called bending the truth. It’s called lying. It’s called dishonesty.
And while I “get it”—while I understand sometimes why we do it—at the same time I don’t “get it.” I mean, what’s wrong with the truth? Seriously…I’m asking…What’s wrong with the truth? I’ve thought long and hard about this question, and I think I’ve come up with the answers.
Here’s what’s wrong with the truth:
- It’s boring. Simply stated, the truth is plain and uneventful.
- It’s not nearly as fun as an embellishment of the truth. Think about it…a little extra spin makes the story more fun, more exciting, and a little more worthy of sharing.
- It’s not popular. Most everyone wants to be popular. We want to stand out in good ways. But telling the truth would thwart this effort, so why mess up a good thing?
- It doesn’t win me any points. We constantly want to either gain new friends or impress our current ones. We want to move up the “cool chart” or “smart chart” or whatever other chart there is. Telling the truth certainly does not accomplish this goal.
- It tarnishes my golden reputation. And isn’t reputation everything? Our reputation is how we move up in the world. It’s how we get new jobs, expand our social circles, etc. A tarnished reputation is a death wish.
- It doesn’t get nearly as many “likes” on Facebook. If you can get 100 likes on your post, you have really achieved something huge. You’re borderline “rock star” status at that point. So embellish away and have fun doing it.
- It puts me in a bad light. It causes people to perhaps look a little differently at me. It causes me to drop in status. The truth may disappoint people and we hate that “d” word.
- It puts off a bad vibe. It’s a buzz-kill. Our honest opinion, for instance, might throw people a curve ball and ruin the mood of the moment. Heaven forbid we be that person.
So, that’s what’s wrong with the truth. Wouldn’t you agree? Besides that, Jesus never said “Honesty is the best policy.” Ben Franklin did. And since when do we have to adhere to what Ben Franklin said?
The eight things I stated above are said with a sort of paradoxical sarcasm. There’s “truth” in the statements, but in no way am I condoning dishonesty.
There’s a whole host of things “wrong” with the truth, but did you ever stop to think what’s right with the truth?
Here’s what’s right with the truth: Truth has no attachment to self, ego, or pride. Truth has no lifeline to appearances, reputations, the good of the masses, or pacification. It’s the essence of genuine love. It’s rooted in love. It’s based on love. It’s the manifestation of deep and abiding love.
And if love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things, doesn’t it just make sense to be truthful? If truth is attached to love, and if love ultimately wins out, then truth ultimately wins out as well.
Here’s what’s right with the truth: God decreed it. Cut and dry. Here’s His decree in Zechariah 8:16-17, “And now here’s what I want you to do: Tell the truth, the whole truth, when you speak. Do the right thing by one another…Don’t do or say what isn’t so. I hate all that stuff. Keep your lives simple and honest” (MSG).
The truth…the whole truth…
Do the right thing…
Don’t do or say what isn’t so…
Simple and honest…
What would it take to carry out God’s decree?
What do you think?
I’d love to hear from you…