It's a sad day in America when the news coverage is all about lies.
Surely it will go down in the history books that Rep. Joe Wilson interrupted the president's speech to Congress on Wednesday by calling him out as a liar, an act prohibited by House rules and worthy of punishment. The South Carolina Republican yelled “lie” in response to the president's claim that illegal aliens would not be provided health insurance through his health care plan.
The president's response: “It's not true.” Obviously both can't be right. Someone's not telling the truth.
Dishonesty was also plainly displayed in a hidden camera video of ACORN, released yesterday by BigGovernment.com, exposing two Baltimore employees who knowingly assisted a couple who were wanting to set up a brothel for underage girls brought into our country illegally. ACORN instructed the couple how they could lie about, or misrepresent, their prostitution business calling it “performing arts” for tax purposes. The employees of ACORN, an organization funded by our tax dollars, explained to the couple how they could write off “business expenses” such as grooming and clothing to the tune of $7,000. In short, they taught them how to lie on government forms so that they could engage in illegal business.
However, those who orchestrated and videotaped this undercover operation engaged in misrepresentation, too. They posed as persons whom they were not in order to trap others in wrongdoing. Is one act excusable and the other inexcusable?
What should we think about untruth in its various forms? God hates untruth in any form. For God is truth, and he cannot act contrary to his very nature. The whole of God's Word teaches that dishonesty should be and will be exposed. It also teaches that God looks at the heart of man. I cannot see the hearts of the creators of the aforementioned video, but it appears their motive was not to be dishonest for any evil intent, but rather to expose dishonesty so that truth will reign. They brought darkness into light, and voluntarily revealed their own fictitious personas used in the process.
It is a shame that any journalists, investigators or officers of the law must go undercover in order to find out the truth of any person, organization or situation. But God did not call us to shrink back from evil, but to step out and fight it so that his name is magnified throughout the earth.
“These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace; do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the Lord.” (Zechariah 8:16-17)