"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell
Deception occurs by degrees and in our culture it seems we are accepting it as a “norm” more and more. It especially seems prevalent as we head into a year of political forums and elections. It is harder and harder to discern who in fact is relaying factual information or pieces of factual information or just fabricating information.
I read a recent article citing six motives that push people onto the slippery slope of lying:
1. To protect the liar from danger
2. To protect others from danger
3. To enhance a story
4. To prevent embarrassment
5. To benefit a liar
6. or to hurt others.
Clearly, not all these motives are intended for evil but I do believe it has been proven that any of us who try to justify lying “just once” put ourselves at risk of slowly and gradually becoming habitual or compulsive liars.
It is amazing that we need a study on this but a new study tells us people can improve their mental and physical health by, get this, by simply not lying!
“We found that the participants could purposefully and dramatically reduce their everyday lies, and that in turn was associated with significantly improved health,” said Anita Kelly, study author and professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame,. Kelly presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Orlando.
“Lying can cause a lot of stress for people, contributing to anxiety and even depression,” says Dr. Bryan Bruno, Chairman of the department of psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “Telling the truth is not only good for your relationships, but for yourself as an individual.
So what does this tell us? Yep you guessed it, the Bible has been right all along on how to conduct ourselves in dealing with the truth in our lives, relationships, and our relationship with God.
In Ephesians 4:25 (The Message), Paul lays out really clearly how to stop going down this unhealthy road and gives us a solution to turn around our lives and our culture
What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.
Telling the truth a revolutionary act? I wish it wasn’t but in our current culture and environment I think it might be just that!
This is the kind of revolution I want to be a part of...….how about you?