Many Bible students and scholars believe that an age of malicious deception is upon the entire world, with a special emphasis on America. The same folks agree that the fervency of this deception directed toward America is based on the biblical principle that to whom much is given, much is expected. Many in our country are deceived into thinking that if we were more like Europe, things would be better. Of course there are no facts or history to back this idea.
The French philosopher Jean-de la Bruyere wrote: “We never deceive for a good purpose.”
When you are tempted to hold back on a truth, take a little time to reflect on Bruyere’s statement. It’s true despite all the “truisms” stating that all is fair in love and war, to be dishonest by holding back truth is really an exercise in futility.
Dr. O.S. Hawkins encourages the use of a probing question when interviewing prospective employees. “Is there anything in your life, which if it were to come to light three months from now, would be an embarrassment or result in your termination?” An honest answer may result in not getting the job or whatever, but it would save a lot of grief for all concerned.
Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” This prophesied time is upon us and it’s time to highly value “speaking the truth.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly