I don’t write about politics. Sure, I have opinions, but I decided when I started this blog that there were enough political commentators in the world (really, probably too many) and that I wanted to aim more toward spiritual edification, which I believe is my calling from God.
Today, however, I’ve chosen to address a subject that might seem a bit political at first glance. I ask you simply to look beyond the politics, to the larger issue, which is where my interest lies.
Numerous times over the last few years, President Obama said, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. Period.” I don’t know if he knew he was speaking an untruth. Internal memos seem to indicate he did, but that’s not my concern here. My concern is that just a couple of nights ago he made a speech in which he said that he actually didn’t say what he obviously did say.
Further, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other Democratic Party spokespersons are now looking into television cameras and, with straight faces, saying that President Obama never said anything about Obamacare that wasn’t true.
None of that, however, is the point of this article. People have been lying for thousands of years and will continue to. What blows my mind is that media talking heads are now debating whether or not lies have been told. Last night I watched a quintet of highly educated political commentators disagree as to whether or not our president was lying when he said he didn’t say what he is caught on film saying more than twenty times.
You want a reason to be concerned about our country? Forget Obamacare. Forget the deficits. The real reason our country is in trouble is because we no longer have any respect for the truth. When lies are told, we have to debate whether lies were told.
Proverbs 17:7 says, “Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler.” I might add, “…except in America.” In America today there is apparently no whopper so outrageous that it can’t be spun. Smiling smooth talkers in designer suits stand before us every night and tell us that we didn’t see what we saw, didn’t hear what we heard, and shouldn’t think what we’re thinking. It’s not the liar, it’s the lied-to that has the problem.
I’ll say it again: this is not a partisan issue, unless you want to call Good versus Evil a partisan issue. People on both sides of the political aisle would have noses as long as broom handles if Pinocchio’s punishment were applied to us all.
I find it bitterly ironic that the most apolitical leader in history uttered a simple statement that would fix so much of what is wrong with our government and our country. I’m speaking, of course, of Jesus, who said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
That statement has been sitting in plain sight for two thousand years, completely ignored by the very people who could make such a difference if they’d just heed it.
Imagine how different things would be if we always got the truth. Imagine the clarity with which programs and issues would be defined. Imagine how entertaining debates and stump speeches would be if a siren sounded every time a politician told a lie. Imagine the difference we might see at the ballot box if people always understood exactly what (or who) they were voting for (or against).
Sadly, those scenarios will never be reality, which is why discernment is so critical. Proverbs 3:21 says, “My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang onto them, for they will refresh your soul.”
Discernment is our best (only?) defense in a society where the truth lies beaten and bloody. It’s a pity so few people have it, or seem interested in getting it.