Words from the Heart for Friday January 17th, 2020
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Exodus 20:16 (NIV)
No False Testimony Against Your Neighbour
Under Canadian law, a witness in a judicial proceeding who knowingly gives false evidence with intent to mislead the judge or jury commits the crime of perjury. If a person knowingly makes a false statement under oath outside a judicial proceeding, he or she would also be guilty of an offence. Every one who commits perjury is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years. The truth is always the best policy.
In the post-truth world in which we live, in a day of fake news and feelings over fact, we who follow Jesus are called to a high standard of truth telling, and honesty. If there was ever a time in history when the light of the truth of the Gospel, as lived out in our lives, should shine brightly in the darkness, it is now. There is an ancient command that God gave to His people in Exodus 20:16: “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” Relationships can be challenging sometimes. At other times, a lie that makes someone else look worse, makes us look better. We are tempted to say whatever will make our case look better, even it isn’t the truth. If we belong to Jesus, we are called to avoid that temptation. Jesus is Truth, and His followers are called to speak the truth in every situation, even if it might mean that there are consequences for us. Christians ought to be known as those who can be trusted to always tell the truth. We have, after all, experienced the One who is Truth.
These have been words from the heart.