If you are anything like most of us, you probably hate it when someone lies to you. The most bold yet prolific lies are the ones publicly displayed. We hear enough coming from the White House – even more in the last year – as well as celebrities and large corporations.
We feel a sense of betrayal, sometimes. Other times, we simply consider the source and move on. But, there are lies being told that are being perpetrated as truth and evidence of someone’s platform.
Not only are these lies being perpetrated as the truth, but they are an attempt to prove what someone is saying is true. It is the kind of information that would get someone charge with perjury in a court of law. If it was a matter of evidence for a case, it could be coupled with obstruction of justice.
Followers of the purveyors of false information receive this garbage as if the Lord Himself was speaking to them. For that matter, they are convinced these teachers are the voices of God no matter how ridiculous, preposterous, heinous or unscriptural their specious spewings are.
Example…there is a billboard on Rt. 38 in Cherry Hill, NJ from a “pro-life” organization. The first line is about how there is a heartbeat in the first 18 days of life. Well, if anyone was to do their research, the truth is that it is not a heartbeat, but the beat of a neural pulse. Does the creator of the billboard know this? If not, they are ignorant. If so, they lie.
No, I am not advocating abortion. This is about lying to push an agenda.
People also protest homosexuality and LGBTQ rights. Within that, some have gone as far as to say some fairly preposterous things. Like, gay marriage makes a mockery of marriage; or, allowing gays their rights will lead to rights for pedophiles and bestiality practice rights.
Nothing to be further from the truth. It is wrong to deny basic rights to anyone for any reason. But, to go as far as to make up reasons that are not even remotely related to the issue is also very wrong.
Why some have to stoop to the level of lying to prove their agenda is beyond me. They also lie about prosperity, miracles/healings in order to prove that God exists and that these “men of God” are anointed to promote their specious messages.
If the Gospel cannot be shared just as it is, then we have no message. If we have to stoop to lying, sensationalizing, exaggerating a message that has little to do with the real Gospel and Jesus, we prove that we are not so much witnesses as we are carnival barkers or sales people.
Back to Jesus. That is where we need to go. Jesus. His Gospel. Live with His love at the core.