Monday, March 16, 2015

What In the World Is Going On? A Disturbing Trend

If you’ve been paying any attention to what has been happening amongst our country’s leaders (irrespective of race, gender or political party), you may have noticed a disturbing trend. It’s probably not new, maybe just more prevalent, or maybe more acceptable in our postmodern culture, therefore practiced more frequently with little to no consequence. The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, is nigh on impossible to find.

Too many of our country’s leaders have traded an ideology for their integrity; they have traded an election victory for their complete honesty; they have, on a regular basis, parsed and redefined the proper meaning of words in order to obfuscate their role, or responsibility, for something that went horribly wrong.

“Plausible deniability” has been elevated to an art form. The current best strategy: Keep the truth about what really happened away from the politician, then he or she can say, “I knew nothing about it.”

God takes truth very seriously and He judges, harshly, those who try to redefine or conceal it for personal gain or for the purpose of deflecting personal accountability.

God’s Word is clear:
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And clever in their own sight!”

(Isaiah 5:20-21).
Throughout the Scripture, the word “woe” means judgment is coming and it cannot be stopped. It is too late; no more second chances.

God clearly defines good and evil in His Word and no one has the right to redefine it in order to bolster his or her, world-view, bias or political agenda.

What Is the Lesson?
Believers should always speak the truth and, if we have done something wrong, if we have sinned, then confess it, take responsibility for it and do whatever is necessary to correct it. That is the right thing to do; that is the God-honoring way to live the Christian life.

Believers are not perfect; we struggle with our old sin-nature. But that struggle is no excuse for dodging responsibility for our actions.

As ambassadors for Christ, we must represent Him well ~ with integrity, honesty, grace and the truth.

By His Grace,
Dr. Gary T. Dromi