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STOP!

18 Apr

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After a day of visiting Blogs that are new to me, I was introduced to one that had a post in which I related to the topic of the day very much.  This blog post dealt with Lies, and begged to get the message out to STOP the LIEING!  I agreed with it wholeheartedly, because there is way too much of it happening today, in the news, in politics, in our homes, our soceity, and especially in our government!  People are acting like lieing is just an accepted neccessity in today’s world, as if all lies are just little fibs or white lies.  Let me tell you…there is no little fib, no… just a simple white lie.  All lies are just the same…and in the eyes of God, and they rate the same as murder, adultery, lust, hatred, and every other sin.  If you start a relationship based on lies, it will end quickly based on either more lies, or the uncovering of the original lies.  If you take a job based on lies you told in your interview and on your application, sooner or later you will lose that job when those lies come to light.  In fact, if you tell a lie to cover misuse of taxpayer money, you can bet sooner or later you will answer for it…just look at the latest headlines about the G.S.A and Las Vegas.

A lie even meant in good conscience will eventually cause some hurt.  For instance, I grew up with Santa Claus…no that isn’t a lie…my dad actually played Santa Claus.  So we were taught to share this little lie as if it were the truth.  My one regret was ever pushing that little lie on my own children.  Oh I know there was a St. Nicholas, and indeed he is known for giving to those in need, but the Santa Claus with the 8 reindeer and the elves in the workshop…that we know is a “little fib”…it’s a lie.  You wonder how the hurt comes from this lie.  If you have been a parent who eventually had to tell your children the truth about Santa, you will remember that moment when you told your child and saw the look in their eyes that said “my childhood faith has ended.”  If you didn’t tell them, and allowed them to continue to believe, then you remember that moment when they came home telling you that “Johnny or Jane” were making fun of them because they still believed.  Either way that one little lie hurt them.  I’m not saying you are wrong to let them believe…that is your choice, but if I had to do it over again…I think I would just tell them the truth!  I know that knocking down their beliefs in these myths, no matter how innocent, will actually cause them to question other truths we are trying to instill in them, like the belief in Jesus Christ, who is indeed real and the true Messiah.  But they do begin to wonder what else we lied to them about.  I know I questioned my parents on it.

Another little lie thought to be meant for good, is the “Yes, that looks good on you lie.”   I know that men get stuck with this one often, because they don’t know for sure how to answer a woman who ask, “How does this make me look?”  Personally, tell me the truth.  If I ask if it makes my backside look big, then I want to know the truth so I don’t go out in something that makes my backside look big.  If I ask if it is too short, tell me the truth…’cause I’m way too old to wear mini skirts.  In the same way, you can be honest and avoid saying the wrong thing by looking at the good points of the outfit…like “That green is a good color for your eyes…but that hemline is a wee bit short for this event.”  That is called “tact”.  You aren’t lieing, and you are finding good, even in the bad.

Tact is a loss art form of bygone ages of true ladies and gentlemen.  You didn’t lie, you were kind and found good points to mention to keep from lieing about another.  Being caught in a lie was frowned upon back in those days, and lieing would sully your reputation beyond repair.  Now people relish in the fact that they lie and don’t get caught, even if their conscience eeks at them daily.  And when they are caught lieing, they think the right thing to do is redirect people’s view of them by lieing again.  I often wonder if these same people ever were schooled in the same school system that I grew up in.  Have we all not heard the little ditty…”Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practiced to decieve”?  One lies leads to another, and then to another, and ultimately you have had to lie so much to cover up each progressive lie that you forget half the lies you told, and that is when your web starts getting swept away strand by strand.  Before long you’ve lost your reputation, your loved ones, your support system, your past and your future.  No one trust you, believes you, and ultimately you will have burned so many bridges with your lies that you will find yourself set adrift on the raging, stormy river called life…alone.  You will have no one to blame but yourself, and no one to help you get your reputation and life back.  Even God isn’t just going to go “poof” and help you put it magically into place.  Even in going to the Lord for forgiveness, you will still have so much mending to do that it will take most of the rest of your life.

You see…I’m not trying to say that I don’t do this and so you shouldn’t.  I’m telling you that I know from my own experience.  No, I am not holding a huge lie as a secret.  I don’t have a hidden body in the cellar, or a secret life style that I’m hiding, and no I’m not part of the Illumanati or Skull and Bones Soceity.  I just know that the little lies in my life have sometimes become covered over with other lies, and that I ended up with more regrets than I knew how to deal with by myself.  I wouldn’t want to see others go through the regrets I had because I didn’t warn them of the consequences of lieing.  So…this is from one sinner to another.  Please think twice before you tell that next lie!  It might just be the one that sets your tangled web to unweaving.  It might be the one that causes you the loss of someone in your life that was put there by God to help you, love you, and even carry you through the hard times.

There is one more lie that I want to encourage you to put a stop to.  That is the lie we now call journalism.  I don’t want to put an end to journalism, because true journalism based on true facts and telling the truth is a good thing…and is often what our real History is based on.  I’m talking about this “phony” journalism that is evident on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, and yes even on FOX.  It’s the “phony” journalism that is being used in hundreds of newspapers like the New York Times… even our local newspaper is guilty of it.  Unfortunately, even many bloggers are guilty of it as well, because they are painting the truth with a lie to make it favor their side of the political and soceital issues.   This is reporting based on political opinion and not the true facts.  It is filled with lies upon more lies, false polls, false charts, false studies, and pure political leaning and opinion.  And it is WRONG!  It is allowing the truth to be buried so that one person, or one group can get their agenda through.  The bad thing is that it is also being battled with the same tactics.  For a person to know the truth, they need to do their own research, form their own opinions, find the real facts, because you sure aren’t going to get it from people who will do anything for power, fame, or wealth, or a handout so that they don’t have to work.  Before believing every new poll, chart and focus group ask yourself this…when in your lifetime have you been contacted for one of these so called polls, focus groups and such?  I’ve lived 54 years, and I can tell you I’ve never been.  So I question the truth in them, and who they are using to make their point in them.  In the past 8 years I’ve found myself more than once doing hours of research to find the truth on issues, on bills going through Congress and on Candidates.  For someone to think that I’m going to buy their newest lie, is like a fool saying there is no God…it’s going to come back to bite you in the end.  If you stop buying the lies, and do your own research you will find that you are indeed a stronger person, and you will be so grounded in the truth that you won’t be batted around by the latest political lie…and even the latest personal lie told to you.  You will find that you have a firm foundation…and are really planted firmly on a rock that will keep the storms that are raging from battering your stand for the truth.  Until we all STOP, and say “Enough is Enough!”, we will continue to allow these entities fill the world, our government, our schools, churches, newspapers, television news, cable news, and our families with lie upon lie upon lie.

So today, I’m joining with Life Revelation in saying…”STOP LIEING!”  and “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”  I’m also calling on other bloggers to do the same…to promise to share only the truth and to give a clear message on what is truth and what is fiction.  I’m not talking about you story tellers and authors who make a living writing and telling fiction stories.  I am talking about those who are reporting on issues, on life, and on politics, on current events.  Please hold to the truth in real journalism…report the facts and don’t base your words on lies and any falsehoods!  I challenge my fellow bloggers to join the call to encourage the truth as the only accepted form of journalism and as the way we choose to live and set the example for our children and grandchildren.  I challenge my fellow bloggers to set the standards back to what is real journalism, not the phony baloney that we are being told is the real news on television and in the newspapers.  Let’s take it back to the standards that people like Benjamin Franklin held it to, and not to this propagandist style of literature and gossip that it has become.  If you wish to join us on this please feel free to repost this to your blog and let’s get the message out to the world.  We stand for TRUTH!

Here is the link to the blog that inspired this call for truth…

Before We Go Any Further « LifeRevelation.

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8 responses to “STOP!

  1. adifferenceforyourlovedones

    April 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Awesome blog!!!! You speak right from my heart. I got saved when my baby was 6 month old , I was 29- never celebrated Christmas before. I never occurred to me to lie to my children about Santa Claus and I am sooooo glad I didn’t, because they didn’t lie to me as teens They were rather in my face with their TRUTH, which was great, because we had good discussions. Trust was never violated, because they KNEW how I feel about lying. Blessings to you! I love the way you blog! I will pray for your health.

     
    • forhisgloryandpraise

      April 19, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      Thank you for the prayers and remarks. Good for you, to stand with the truth, even when everyone else is just doing it because it is cute for the kids, or what soceity does. I admire that. I didn’t want to come across as judgemental, because I understand how people fall into the trap, especially when they are raised with the same lies. It’s become a family tradition to keep lieing, and I find that sad in a so many ways. But what makes it worse is that we cloud over the truths in God’s Words about the birth,teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to purport a lie upon our young ones. I know I’m so guilty of it in the past. Now I explain to my kids and grandkids the true story of St. Nicholas, and why we really celebrate Christmas and Easter, even to telling them how the world has corrupted the Christian celebration of these events in the life of Christ. We’ve changed some traditions to fit the changes we want to make for our youngest daughter, but still struggle with the fact that our children who are grown have already started the same traditions with their children, our grandchildren. Unless I can use it to teach about Jesus to them though, we won’t use their tradition in our home. For instance…we don’t talk about the Easter Bunny delivering eggs. The kids get a basket with a gift from Grandma and Grandpa, and we dye eggs together with the kids and talk to them about how Jesus brought us a new life through his sacrifice on the cross. We don’t hide eggs and tell the kids that they have to find the eggs the bunny left. Instead I feel plastic eggs with stickers and things and then we play hide and seek, where they know that we are the ones hiding them, and we use this to talk to them about seeking out the special things that Jesus has for us in God’s Word, and in our lives. It can be done…and doesn’t have to be based on telling lies. God bless you too!

       
  2. Lynne

    April 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    I was just saying the other day that I am tired of being lied to! From not being told the truth (such as junk being put into our food without us knowing) to politicians to spin doctors – enough already!!

     
    • forhisgloryandpraise

      April 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      I agree with you! It has gotten to the point that I can hardly watch the news or even shows on the History Channel or Nat Geo. Having taken Geology and History in college, and all through my school, and being a self-proclaimed buff on them, I am constantly catching them telling untruths to get ratings, and it literally drives me crazy. It makes me go to great lengths to try and make sure my family gets the truth. In fact we are studying American History for homeschool this year, and I’ve had to make sure my youngest has a variety of sources that are not used any more to make sure she get the truth. When we study on the Constitution, or U.S. Government I have to make sure she is doing research to show her the true intent of our founders. I even had her do a study of her own on which news sources were actually fair and balanced. That was in 2008, and you can imagine a child of 10 watching hours of news shows and notating the good and bad said about all candidates on each station, then going one more step and researching each reports validity. It was hard for her, but the good that came out of it…she had her own opinion, that she can stand behind with facts that she found herself. The other good thing is that she found that even the news sources lie to push the agenda of their political affiliates. I think if we continue to allow these entities to propulgate these lies to our youth, we are just as much guilty of brainwashing our children, and allowing evil to prevail. But in standing up for the truth, we set an example for our children that lies are unacceptable and truth is the only valid way of thinking, acting, or believing.

       
  3. writerwannabe763

    April 18, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    p.s. I should have included…”if I have done something or knew something”…etc etc. Diane

     
    • forhisgloryandpraise

      April 18, 2012 at 2:36 AM

      I understand. Sometimes I will use an example to put my point across, even if I know that I’m not being specific about something in my life. You know an analogy, parable…much like Jesus did as he taught.

       
  4. writerwannabe763

    April 18, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    I most certainly hear what you’re saying about lying, half-truths which is lying and political lies that are told on a regular basis.

    There is one lie that I will tell if pushed to do so or not …and that is a lie to someone who in telling the truth would hurt them more. I’m not talking about a question of a trivial nature but one that would serve no other purpose other than to hurt the person more. For example….if I have done something that hurt somebody and confessing to them would do no more than clear my conscience then I will live with my guilt…actually I would confess and be forgiven..but I hope you understand what I am trying to say…. I’m not even saying that it’s right to do so, but there it is…..Diane

     
    • forhisgloryandpraise

      April 18, 2012 at 2:35 AM

      I understand. I’ve been there, but sooner or later God will open the door to clear the air. Sometimes knowing that in our hearts will keep us from putting ourselves in that position where we would have to. That is the joy of free will, we have a choice to make and it is ours alone. I think my address is to the fact that so many don’t even see it as wrong anymore…as long as it gets them what they want. I’ve been there and I can tell you…lieing didn’t bring me any of those things I thought I wanted. It really only brought me a great deal of guilt and heartache. So it amazes me when I see people just keep doing it for ill gotten gain, and never see that it is wrong. Thank you for your honesty in this though. Most people would not have even been that honest about when they would feel the need to lie.

       

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