Sunday, August 10, 2014


"12But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment."
James 5:12

"33“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 
34But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 
35nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 
36Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 
37But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." Matthew 5:33-37

What does this have to do with the price of apricots?
Christians are called to the same standard as everyone else, the same standard which is
supposedly adhered to by all, that we be honest in all of our dealings with others.
We are entering the political season when false promises are the norm, lies about opponents are brightly printed and propounded and everyone feels slightly dirty when they vote.
To politicos, Image counts for more than truth; we all lose when the politicians fight.
My Yes will remain Yes, my No, No. You will not find me stumping for Republicans, passing on to my (few) readers the talking points, the 'facts' promoted by any politico.
Please, do the same in your life-yes is yes, no is no, and don't pass on any lies to help your side color outside the lines of truth.
Both your and my honesty are valuable, too valuable for us to be manipulated by politicians. 
And may neither side win.

1 comment:

Doug said...

yes, the image is upside down on purpose, an example of the lookinglass principle set forth by
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.