The Amish sincerely attempt to adhere to the Bible’s teaching. If caught in a lie, an Amish church member might hear a minister or bishop rapping on the door, and later find themselves in kneeling confession before the congregation. Of course, the Amish struggle with living a righteous life, as most of us do. But they dwell in communities of fellow believers.
In the Bible there are numerous admonitions to be honest. Here are but a few:
- “The Lord detests lying lips …” Proverbs 12:22 (NIV)
- “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue …” Proverbs 6:16 ( NKJV)
- One of my favorites is Matthew 5:37, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ be ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (NKJV)
What do you think? Is honesty always the best policy? Several times recently people have asked, “How are you?” and I answered, “Fine.” Which was basically true, but not completely honest. I sometimes fudge just a bit to spare the person’s sensibility. Do they really want to be burdened with 30 minutes of information?
What about White Lies? Do you think they can be an act of kindness? I’m not above fudging the truth, but I’m not smart enough to continue the charade. My memory isn’t that good; each lie hangs like a stone around my neck. Conversely, I’d rather people were honest with me. I like to know where I stand — on solid ground even if barefoot.
Many lies have catastrophic results, while some are of little consequence. Or are they? Are we lying when we tell our children about the Tooth Fairy? Yet, when I ask my doctor for a prognosis I expect the absolute truth. No need to inquire if I’m having a bad-hair day.
Has this whole country become so politically correct that we are no longer honest with our friends and neighbors? Or ourselves? I think about the Amish. Would you be more likely to believe an Amish church member over an English person (non-Amish)?
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