WEDNESDAY 8TH NOV.,2017
TOPIC: THE WORD FROM THE TOP (7)
TEXT: Exodus 20:16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor….”
The ninth commandment says, ‘You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.’ Why do we lie? For lots of reasons: to escape the consequences of our actions; to avoid paying our dues; to create a
false image; to convince others we’re something we’re not but it doesn’t work; time and truth force deception to surface–literally!
In 1996 the body a former ambassador was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, America’s resting place for war heroes. The granite tombstone read, ‘S1C (Seaman First Class) U.S. Merchant Marine.’ But
according to investigative reporters, cemetery workers hauled the tombstone away and exhumed the casket.
The reason? The man lied. For years he told others he’d served on the Coast Guard ship during World War ll. He said the Germans torpedoed the ship and he’d been thrown overboard, sustaining a head injury. But the record shows that at the time he said he was serving in the Merchant Marine, he was actually attending College in Chicago. The Coast Guard had no record of his having served in the Merchant Marine, or having earned the rank of Seaman First Class.
Somehow the lie wasn’t discovered when the State Department investigated his background and he was made an ambassador. As a result, his remains were buried in Arlington Cemetery, and his tombstone engraved with a lie. But the truth came out, as it always does, and posterity now knows the facts. Think about that, the next time you’re tempted to spin a story that’s less than truthful.
MEDITATION: Matt. 5:37
2 Kings 21, Heb. 3, Hosea 14, Ps. 139