NO SUBSTITUTE FOR INTEGRITY!
NBC news is investigating chief anchor Brian Williams for lying on air about being in a helicopter that was forced down after it was hit by enemy fire during the Iraq war. Also, further scrutiny of Williams’ past statements, he is accused of lying about his experiences in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina that he witnessed a body floating in the French Quarter area of the city.
An anchor’s No. 1 requirement is that he/she tell the truth in order to have credibility. If we can’t believe what an anchor is telling us, then that person has no integrity!
Just what is integrity? Webster defines it as “soundness of moral principle and character, complete honesty.” It means genuineness, absence of lies, no false front and honesty in general.
What makes honesty so important? Our culture now places so little value on integrity and thinks that dishonesty is part of life. When one choses to lie over the truth, you deceive others. But worse, you are deceiving yourself into thinking this lie won’t hurt. You deceive yourself into believing it will not affect your reputation, your relationships, your life, but it will!
While many will forget your lies in a few years, they will not forget that you are a liar! They will know you are unreliable and untrustworthy. The worst thing about lying is that the liar is the biggest loser.
Certainly we find instances of some of God’s servants lying – Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 12), Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5). In these examples, God’s people failed to live up to His standard. Those who continue to lie, cheat, and practice immorality will one day come under God’s punishment. Lying hurts the liar most, and honesty rewards the honest the most. Why not tell the truth, because you win when you do!
Simply put, when we resort to lies, we are using Satan’s method to do right, not God’s method. We should always seek to tell the truth, even when deceit seems to be for a good reason.
Jesus said that lies originate from Satan (John 8:44). This may be a tough lesson for Brian Williams, but all lies, even so called white lies done with good intentions, serve Satan’s purposes -- not God’s. Therefore, we must learn to “Let our ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and our ‘no’ be ‘no.’”(Matt. 5:37)
We as a nation, including the President, need to return to a life of integrity. This means telling the truth, paying our debts, keeping our word, admitting our mistakes, and being honest in our relationships with men and God!
---- Earl Sutton