... a weekly letter of encouragement.
June 19, 1996
THE PRICE OF TELLING THE TRUTH
Just how important is upholding the truth to you? What price are you willing to pay?
There are times when we need to lay the truth on the line. Tell it like it is. Stand up and be counted. Regardless of the cost to us personally.
Of course, the name of the game today is: "To get along is to go along." "Don't rock the boat." "Go with the flow."
The Scriptures however, tersely remind us that deceit is not an option for the believer:
"The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful." (Prov.12:22)
"...Those who practice lies... - their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur." (Hell) (Revelation 21:8b)
Stanley Hauerwas makes this startling observation,
"The ministry seems captured in our time by people who are desperately afraid they might actually be caught with a conviction at some point...that might curtail future ambition."+
A rare breed, these people who choose to speak the truth even at great personal expense:
* John the Baptist fearlessly admonished King Herod concerning his adulterous relationship with his sister-in-law. Consequence: Beheaded. (Mark 6:17-28)
* Micaiah the prophet courageously warned King Ahab against his wishes to not attack Ramoth Gilead. Ahab, knowing Micaiah's commitment to telling the truth said of him, "I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me..." Consequence: Prison sentence (aborted however, in the 11th hour by Micaiah's fulfilled prophesy). (I Kings 22:8-27)
QUESTION: In business and the professions where duplicity, deceit and compromise are standard fare, are you willing to be identified with that rare breed of believers who courageously live and speak the truth without concession?
Whatever the personal cost?
The world around us desperately needs such people. AND CHRIST EXPECTS NOTHING LESS FROM US.
I trust you are having a great week!
+"First Things", (May 1995, page 41)
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