Not so long ago, integrity was a vital aspect in life. Being a man or woman of your word was considered essential to maintaining one’s reputation. Unfortunately, sometime over the last thirty years, character, honesty and truth have been minimized. In its place, gravitas, personality and spunk have stolen the spot light. Subsequently, we now live in an age where Pinocchio and politics intersect with the most charismatic liar often winning elections.
A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth, Ecclesiastes 7:1.
History recounts Solomon as one of the wisest leaders to ever live. Reading his accounts within the Bible can result in great advice, especially during trying times. The Holy Spirit inspired Solomon to encourage individuals to strive toward keeping their vows spoken. To do otherwise would diminish one’s standing in their community. Therefore, despite what appears to be politicians getting away with lie after lie, don’t lower your standards to expose participants trying to redefine reality.
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold, Proverbs 1:22.
Whatever your political leanings may be, one thing is obvious, the mudslinging has begun. Apparently, the media enjoys participating in this demolition derby, crushing and smashing any candidate who threatens to reveal their true intentions. While no one is perfect, its sad to see national leaders regularly lie on television. The expert deceivers walk a fine line between context, passing the buck and shifting blame. In the end, souls numb the pain of conviction, pressing on to reach their goal. Although God knows the truth, zealous contenders continue to risk telling lies like Pinocchio as long as they make it to the top. May the Holy Spirit open the eyes of low information voters before election day arrives.
by Jay Mankus