Every so often a commercial portrays a message that is sad but true. Such is the case of the satire Geico ad when a dad tells his son, “did you know Pinocchio was a bad motivational speaker?” If an individual’s nose grew each time something was embellished, exaggerated or lied about, people would be held accountable for their loose lips, Unfortunately, most of the media is asleep at the wheel, allowing liberals, progressives and radicals to proceed as Pinocchio politicians.
A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin. – Proverbs 26:28
The Bible uses a different strategy to insure honesty is upheld. Rather than using the term reputation, authors of Scripture refer to keeping a good name. Back in biblical times, promises, words and vows meant something. Thus, the degree upon which you fulfilled what was spoken attributed to your name, either good or bad. Perhaps, this measuring stick needs to be reintroduced today to prevent another generation of Pinocchio politicians.
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? – Numbers 23:19
In the film A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise as Lt. Daniel Kaffee is interviewing witnesses after a marine is apparently murderer by two soldiers in his room. Upon questioning Keifer Sutherland’s character Lt. Jonathan Kendrick, Kaffee is surprised by the logic from this squadron leader, “Private William Santiago had no code and God was watching!” While Hollywood will continue to serve as a land of make believe, God is real and will hold souls accountable for their actions on earth. Although many escape initial consequences today, Pinocchio politicians will be exposed on the day of judgment.
by Jay Mankus