Sunday, April 6, 2014
If you don't write it down, you can deny ever saying it.
Just ask any politician - civil, ecclesiastical, educational, economic, or...
"You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. Not bad odds!"
In other words, be a weasel.
Is it any wonder why people don't trust our politicians, clergy, school districts, or...?
Too many of 'em don't have the courage of their conviction to be held accountable for what they like to say in darkness.
Read John 3:19-21.
BTW, in a world where even 2nd graders have cellulars and smartypants phones, why do you think there's still a need for those pay phones at your local gas station?
Again, read John 3:19-21.
Guy says, "Everything was going just fine...until I hit reply all."
I don't do Facebook because of what I've read on Facebook; besides I don't need to know when Auntie Em is going potty or how potty turned out or...
While we should be careful about what we say and write, especially when it comes to naming names, there's no integrity in denying what we know and He knows and others suspect.
While a little common sense helps in knowing when to hold and fold, integrity demands clarity in communication and sticking to our communications unless proven incorrect/otherwise.
Anyone who says and writes a lot will want to write/record it for anyone to read/hear lest somebody with suspicious motives invents/quotes what was never said/written.
I remember Dr. McCord telling me many years ago, "While you don't have to tell everybody everything that you're thinking, never lie! Yes. No. None of your business. I'll get back to you. Maybe later. But never lie!"
Catch the drift?
Nobody trusts anybody who changes their stories depending upon the audience; because people who agree with the last person they've talked to are like sentences ending in prepositions. Something's missing and most can sniff that out.
I learned a valuable lesson as a young pastor in New Jersey.
A bunch of Christian clergy and rabbis got together to debate the manger scene in front of the local library.
Being Bob Seger's little bit younger and lot bolder, I got up and said, "Let's face it. We have an irreconcilable theological difference. Some of us believe Jesus is Lord and Savior and some of us don't."
An old rabbi got up and responded, "My young Christian friend is right; and I'll be damned if he's right. But I'm betting my soul that he's wrong just as much as he's betting his soul that he's right."
Then we were able to trust each other and debate the issue with respect for each other while maintaining personal integrity.
If we hide what we really believe so we can deny what we believe, we may get along with people who hide what they really believe so they can deny what they believe.
If we do that, we'll just add to the increasing distrust in our civil, ecclesiastical, educational, and economic cultures.
Not to mention Luke 6:26.
Blessings and Love!