The Power of Truth

May 14th, 2013

The current investigation into Benghazi highlights the chaos that occurs when truth is not central to the conversation.

My son explained to me that there are unanswered questions, strong opinions, strong convictions, and truth. In this case, it seems that the truth must be so damaging, scary and intolerable that officials are going to extraordinary lengths to suppress it.

Notice how people posture when asserting strong convictions and strong opinions. Notice how no one has listed the unanswered questions to complete the checklist methodically and truthfully. Notice how volumes of words are said from every position. Where is the truth?

People were killed, people were tortured and chaos ruled the embassy for days. How many people? How many days? What are the established consequences for such violence? Who had the authority to prevent this? Did they exercise it? How? When?

Sticking to the truth can cost you your job, money, fame, fortune, family and friends. The flip side is that sticking to the truth will earn you self-respect and eternal rest. Sticking to the truth is contagious and eventually inspires others to do the same.

How can you live the truth in a world that behaves as though truth were a fashion trend, in and out, up and down like shoulder pads and high heels? One way is to make a list of the truths that are not negotiable. Start with Jesus for a role model. Then work it out in fear and trembling one decision at a time, one action at a time, one conversation at a time.

The Power of Truth has eternal consequences.

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