A QUESTION OF HONESTY

Written by John DeGroff on September 27, 2019

This is going to be another one of my somewhat unusual columns. The “unusual” part is that it will be shorter than most. The reason, however, is that it won’t take much effort to get to the point.

The “honesty” in question is that of the Democrats, and by proxy, the mainstream media. Granted, if you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking “…well, why even waste time writing about a concept that is foreign to Dems in the first place? After all, we’ve endured 3 years of their attempts to perpetuate their lie du jour about the President. We all know what they doing and it hasn’t stopped…”

Yes, that’s a very fair assessment of what we’ve all seen. (Empiricism, anyone…?) My reason, however, is to offer some possible guidelines of discernment when encountering the latest DNC talking point. Let’s start with this from Ecclesiastes 1:9.

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done, is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun.

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A lot of us are familiar with that verse, especially the “no new thing under the sun” part. So what does this have to do with honesty? Going back to scripture, here’s the one reference to the origin of dishonesty.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer in the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own for he is a liar, and the father of it. (Christ’s own words to his disciples, John 8:44.)

Other scripture references of dealing with lies and the consequences thereof are: the serpent and Eve (Gen. 3); Abram and his wife (Gen 12:14); Isaac and his wife (Gen. 26:12); Jacob and Esau (Gen. 27); King Herod and the wise men (Mt. 2:7,8); Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1)

We as believers and conservatives are always going to be faced with the lies the world throws at us. And yes, it can even, unfortunately, come from some of our own. Space doesn’t permit a list of all scriptural references regarding deceit and deceitfulness, but if you get a chance use those two words and just run the references.

We expect it, though, from Democrats who are bent on nothing less than the total destruction of President Trump, and if possible, the entire American system and way of life. Everything they’re saying, and have been saying for some time, is a bold-faced lie. Remember this golden oldie: “If you like your doctor…” And unfortunately, a lot of our very system is predicated upon lies. (i.e. Social Security, which by the way was enacted under FDR, a Democrat.)

They will stop at nothing to regain power. Going into the 2020 election, they are going to go after President Trump in ways that will make Russian collusion, Stormy Daniels, and their recent chart-topper involving Ukraine look like child’s play. The lying will get worse, while all the time they’ll be promising a unified Utopia if they get elected.

But here is a non-scriptural historical look at those who promote themselves as honest. It comes from the book The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, who was Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180 AD.

How unsound and insincere is he who says, I have determined to deal with thee in a fair way. What art thou doing, man? There is no occasion to give this notice. It will soon show itself by acts. The voice ought to be plainly written on the forehead. Such as a man’s character is, he immediately shows it in his eyes…nothing is more disgraceful than a false friendship. Avoid this most of all. The good and simple and benevolent show all these in the eyes, and there is no mistaking.

The entire quote is actually longer, but I shortened it to get to the gist of the thought. Even in the second century AD, wise leaders understood that true honesty doesn’t have to promote itself because it will prove itself.

In closing, here’s another little gem from Ecclesiastes 10:2

A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left.

Maybe that’s just an accident of syntax and/or translation, but I personally have the feeling it’s not. Wise words nonetheless.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

While empiricism involves what you experience and observe, it also involves what you constantly hear. Through all the Democrats and far-left socialist lies we’ve been inundated with, the one underlying truth is that they all eventually fall apart, no matter how many “inquiries” and “investigations” are held. As 2020 gets closer, pay more attention than ever to what is coming from the Left, the far Left and especially the mainstream media. And having a good supply of popcorn on hand wouldn’t hurt.

John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.

 

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