In my spare time browsing (Actually waiting) I noticed a statement from WWII hero, Eddie Rickenbacker, who also later owned the Indianapolis Speedway and founded Eastern Airlines. His most famous prayer was thanking God for Seagulls. He said:
“One of the hardest things to teach a child is that the truth is more important than the consequences.” Eddie Rickenbacker
Most lies are told in order to avoid consequences often resulting from our own actions that are against truth and in other cases the juvenile idea that “They are not ready for this truth.” The latter applies especially to the fearful religious.
The idea that “if I am truthful, I will never suffer needlessly,” is observably false. The embodiment of Truth, Jesus Christ, suffered horribly to procure salvation for all who believe. I recall a book with about 600 pages noting the suffering of Christian Martyrs for truth’s sake.
Rickenbacker was on target in his advice to teach that truth is more important than consequences.
A little town in New Mexico is named Truth OR Consequences after a famous radio and later TV program. Untruth will carry consequences, which involves shame. Truth carries consequential retribution from a lying world made endurable by the honor of Christ to the person who endures such for His glory.
John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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