At the core of almost every disagreement between the two candidates was the issue of truth and honesty—whether regarding taxes or emails or any of the many other topics the two were at odds about. Both candidates felt that they had told the truth if they had provided just a portion of the relevant information. I am beginning to think they have been encouraged in this thinking by the media, as one of the editors of the New York Times just admitted that they have always been very forgiving of “fibs and exaggerations” as those were just a part of politics and only recently, and for the first time ever, called one of the candidates an actual “liar.”
I would like to be able to cast all my aspersions on political candidates, but unfortunately, I have found that these “partial” or “half truths” have cropped up in my own life as well. I have been on both the receiving and giving end of half truths, and I have heard and used all kinds of justifications for telling them. Regardless, the result is the same – the whole truth DOES eventually come out, and the result is that trust is undermined and relationships are damaged.
This is sad, because, in reality, when we don’t tell the whole truth, we are lying to ourselves the most. If we are holding back information about a certain situation or tweaking it just a bit to serve our own purposes, then we are not being honest with ourselves about what is going on in the bigger picture. As a result, many are hurt.
As futile as this is in our personal relationships, many of us do this in our relationship with God as well and how ridiculous is that?—Thinking or believing that we can hide information or give half truths to the omniscient God?
Fortunately, though it might be uncomfortable at times, God deals in absolute truths. What He promises He does. What He says is sin, is. What He says will bring peace, does.
Priscilla Shirer in her bible study “The Whole Armor of God” reminds us that the first piece of armor that a Roman soldier put on was “the belt,” an article of clothing that provided both physical support and a place to “tuck in his tunic,” so that he could move with freedom. For us who are told to put on the spiritual “belt of truth,” God’s truth provides that same support in difficult situations and freedom when we tuck in those situations that need to be wrapped in the light of God’s Word.
We may not be able to convince the two major presidential candidates that “honesty is the best policy” before next Tuesday, but each of us can begin this week to be honest with God and with others and with ourselves and pass all of our situations through the light of God’s truth so that we can live freely.
(Shirer, Priscilla. The Armor of God. Nashville, TN: Lifeway Press: 2015. Print.)