Breaking Bread For 5.11.21

Scripture

For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

2 Corinthians 13:8

Reflection

No matter how we try to look at things, only in truth can goodness come our way. You can’t dress up a lie and make it the truth. You cannot pretend that what you’re saying and doing is right in God’s eyes. God will always uncover your false image and show it for what it truly is—so free yourself from days, months, and years of trying to remember your lie and instead opt to speak truthfully to and of all people, situations, and circumstances.

Clarification

Now let me be clear, telling a lie to protect the innocent, is not the same as telling a lie to protect the guilty. Hiding innocent people to prevent them from being victims of rape, murder, genocide, deportation, trafficking, slavery, and other cruelty—that’s not the same thing as protecting a person who is guilty of committing these cruel acts. You’re telling a lie about the innocent person’s whereabouts to protect the truth, to allow the truth to shine, and to prevent the lies from destroying more lives. So when you continue reading this message, be mindful of this clarifying point. Lot lied to the Sodomites to protect the two angels that were inside of his home. That’s not the same as lying to protect someone you know who is guilty of hurting people. In that instance, you aren’t fighting for the truth, you’re protecting the lie. You are an accomplice after the fact. Make sense?

Now that we’re clear and on the same page, let’s continue….

Who’s Lying to You?

We navigate through this world knowing that we’re being lied to and conned by governments, politicians, law enforcement, businesses, scientists, and sadly, even religious leaders. Then it goes deeper and darker when we go inside of our homes. We don’t know what to believe because we’re constantly being fed lies. The majority of what you see and hear on social media are lies. People are marketing and peddling lies that they want you to believe as truth. We’re being spammed with lies via text and email.

What Are You Doing to Combat Lies?

It’s sad that we have to go to a fact-checking website to see if what is reported on the news, announced in a press conference, or shared online, is a lie or the truth. What’s truly depressing is the fact that the majority of people don’t either know, have access to, or choose not to use these websites to get the truth.

If you have access and get the information you have a responsibility to share it and ask that others do the same. If you have access and choose not to get the facts, then you choose to be ignorant, and that is not a defense. You are choosing to take part in the lies. However, if you don’t have access to fact-checking sources then you don’t know what you don’t know. You are left vulnerable to finding out the truth the hard way. If you’re reading this then you have access. Just search online for fact-checking sources. Or do a term search and type “fact check” before or after the subject matter.

But Who Are You Willing to Fact-Check?

So how many of you are fact-checking your religious leaders when they stand before you preaching and professing what they say is the truth?

Are you grabbing your Bibles, concordance, or other religious texts to ask the probing questions, and confirm the context shared? Are you searching online and seeking out credible sources to confirm that leader’s claims? Or do you gullibly ingest and embed that information as truth? How do you know they aren’t telling you lies? How do you know that they aren’t just “talking out the side of their neck” as the saying goes? You believe because they said it. Ironic though, because Jesus said a lot and lived his life a certain way, both of which you don’t fully align with and follow. God speaks daily to you, every moment of the day, guiding and redirecting you, and you choose to do your own thing.

Why does your human leader have greater influence on you? Just something to think about and possibly get right with…

Let’s Look in The Mirror

We’re not only being told lies, we’re also the one telling lies. We’re lying to strangers, managers, our loved ones, and to ourselves. We are the biggest liars because we lie about how we’re feeling, what we’re doing, what we’re thinking, how we spend our time, and the life we’re living. We lie about how much money we have and how we spend it, where we’re going and where we’re coming from. Some people lie so much that they lie about stuff that doesn’t even require a lie—it’s what we would call “senseless lies”. It simply doesn’t make any sense to lie about it, but they do it.

We’re also teaching our children how to lie. Yep, we’re reproducing more liars to crank through this toxic cycle.

Our Teachers and What We’re Taught

We were taught to lie, usually by our first teachers—our family. Then outside of our home we are groomed by more liars—our teachers, school administrators, neighbors, etc.

The irony and hypocrisy is that liars demand honesty and loyalty, but how can you trust an untrustworthy person?

Do you not find it disturbing that we chastise people who always tell the truth, no matter what? We call it “brutal honesty” and say that they have “no filter” because they won’t package the truth in a way that is more palatable to the recipients. If you can’t sugar-coat the truth then we would rather you tell a lie, and then we will downplay it by calling it a “little white lie”.

The Truth

The truth is, a lie is a lie, and we’ve all done it. I’m guilty of it. I’ve lied about some things that I later carried around in my shame bag. I had to forgive myself for not only telling the lies but believing it necessary to do so, because I needed to protect or disguise something I had done and didn’t want anyone to know. The lie was to cover a wrong I or someone else had committed. Two wrongs don’t ever make a right. The only way a negative and negative will equal a positive is when you reveal the truth about those negatives. I had to make myself a promise to not put myself in situations that could tempt me to tell lies to protect myself or someone else from punishment. If I’m doing wrong then lying about it won’t make it right.

We harm more than just self when we tell lies. We eat away at our relationships. We breed next generation liars and then complain about their corruption. Our compounded lies continue to destroy the fabric of society. We continue to feed the enemy, give in to the enemy’s plot to snatch our souls for its gain. If we’re God’s ambassadors, His soldiers, then we need to fight and destroy lies with Truth. We achieve victory with Truth. We build God’s Kingdom with Truth. We bring people out of darkness with Truth. We heal and redeem nations with Truth. We demand the Truth, live by the Truth, and we refuse to disseminate lies of any kind.

It does not matter if it is in a personal or professional relationship, tell the truth. Don’t sacrifice others for selfish gains—because in the end you will always fall short of winning. As long as we feed lies with lies, we will be slaves to lies. Let’s be free in Truth-seeking, Truth-speaking, Truth-sharing, and Truth-living. Just as God created us!

Prayer

Father, I seek the Truth in all matters of my life, and I desire to tell the Truth even if it may hurt someone’s feelings. I know that in the Truth all things are right, all people are equal, and all situations can be resolved. If I am to walk in Your Light, Father, it can only be in Truth revealed and ever-present.

Push those fears out of me, that would have me convinced that telling a lie or keeping a secret based on a lie, is far better than honesty. Help me to see that disappointing You far outweighs anything I could ever imagine. I want to do my part to be a protector of the innocent and a catalyst for change, in Truth. Only in Your Truth shall I receive peace. Only in Your Truth is there freedom. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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