Monday, November 21, 2016

Buyers are Liars

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)




Buyers are Liars

            How do you know when politicians are lying?

            That’s easy.

            They’re talking.

            Yes, that sounds cynical; but anyone who has paid attention to campaign promises and what happens after they’re sworn in knows why politicians are listed at the bottom of every popularity poll with media types and other “used car” saleswomen/men.

            I think they’re even listed below clergy who are notorious for agreeing with the last person that they’ve talked to like bad sentences ending in prepositions.

            When it comes to veracity, politicians are trusted about as much as Iranians with nukes, KKK and BLM with American values, or mainline denominations with Christianity as defined by over two thousand years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, traditional, historical, and common sense faith.

            Some people will say and do anything to sell themselves to get us to buy their products.

            Hey, didn’t we just watch the last run for the White House?

            That’s why my dad has been saying this to people who are gloating or need some cheese with their wine about the last election: “Talk to me in six months about it.”

            Of course, lying is SOP when in the market for a vehicle.

Whether it’s shopping for an iron pony or cage, buyers know sellers have margins of financial flexibility; and the goal of a buyer is to soak the seller for as much as possible to get the best bang for the buck; or to get right to it, buyers are hoping they’re smarter than sellers when it comes to bargaining that makes Bedouins look fair.

It goes both ways; which is why sellers often say, “Buyers are liars.”

That’s their way of saying buyers will say anything to shave off a few denarii.  Buyers will tell sellers not to worry because they’re loyal to them and would never degrade themselves by comparative shopping and that

they’ll send hundreds of friends to them for future purchases which is why they should get a deal that makes the sale of Manhattan look over the top.

            The truth is everybody lies every now and then – O.K., Jesus didn’t lie but He is God so He doesn’t count and Mother Teresa is a saint so she doesn’t count! – and that’s especially true when you look at what’s happened to liberals and conservatives in America.

            There was a time when liberals didn’t stand for anything of absolute value and conservatives had rules that made Pharisees blush.

            That’s when they could be trusted; or as my daddy likes to say, “Conservatives don’t like to see anything happen for the first time and liberals have two feet planted firmly in the air and, when you look ‘em in the eyes, you can’t tell if they’re having a vision of God or didn’t make it to the potty in time.”

            My dean in seminary was a true conservative.  When I said it made more sense for me to take Spanish than French, German, Latin, Hebrew, and Greek – and I think I was ahead of the curve back in the early 70s – he said, “If you want to continue after seminary for more advanced degrees, you can take Spanish in addition to French, German, Latin, Hebrew, and Greek.”

            When I was studying for one of those advanced degrees after that, a true liberal professor, the guy who mentored those baseless process theologians who’ve done their worst to ruin mainline denominations, he wrote this on the last page of my qualifying paper to start my dissertation, “A…but I wish you’d move out of the 16th century.”

            Today, liberals have been replaced by progressives, progressively moving away from any values of lasting consequence, and conservatives have been replaced by traditionalists who long for the way things never were or maybe were but are no more.

            That’s why there’s so many lies in today’s politics, education, media, entertainment, churches, and wherever two or three are not gathered in His name by the book.

            Here’s His verdict: “The beauty of people fades as quickly as the beauty of flowers in a field.  The grass withers, and the flowers fade…So it is with people…The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of God stands forever.”

            In short, the problem is people lie about the way, truth, and life; and the answer is Jesus who is the way, truth, and life.

            Let me put it another way.

            Lies have messed up everything in our world, nation, politics, churches, and all of the below.

            It’s time to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth if we’re interested in getting out of the mess.

            Jesus by the book.


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1 comment:

Wayne said...

Great K.D. politicians sure arent way truth n life. Only one my way or highway n thats Jesus.