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False Witness (6 of 7)
Series: The "7 Things God Hates"
Proverbs 6:19a; Zechariah 8:16-17; Deuteronomy 19:15-19; Ephesians 4:25
INTRO: Telling the truth is critical to the fabric of human civilization. In fact, that is the marvel of the 9th commandment, it stands alone as truth whether people believe in God or not.
Everyone suffers when a false witness is given. It has unfortunately become a way of life in our culture, today many people believe it is "normal" to tell lies:
ILLUS: In the July 15, 1993 Boardroom Reports, Peter LeVine writes: "When the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ran a help-wanted ad for electricians with expertise at using Sontag connectors, it got 170 responses - even though there is no such thing as a Sontag connector. The Authority ran the ad to find out how many applicants falsify resumes." -- Leadership, Vol. 15, no. 1.
It is tragic to realize just how easily we accept bending the truth. Since the adults of our society have modeled falsehoods so well it has become the expected behavior and second language of our youth:
ILLUS: On a beautiful fall day, four of my granddaughter's friends decided to go for a drive instead of showing up to class on time. When they did arrive, the girls explained to the teacher they had had a flat tire. The teacher accepted the excuse, much to the girls' relief. "Since you missed this morning's quiz, you must take it now," she said. "Please sit in the four corner seats in this room without talking." When they were seated, the teacher said, "On your paper write the answer to one question: 'Which tire was flat?'"-- Clara Null, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Christian Reader, "Lite Fare."
Whatever happened to these words: "Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?" A failure to do this could mean the destruction of innocent lives. You will also note how some of the other qualities God hates comes into play with ...
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