Problems with Honesty


Two fellows opened a butcher shop and prospered. Then an evangelist came to town, and one of the butchers was saved. He tried to persuade his partner to accept salvation also, but to no avail. “Why won’t you, Charlie?” asked the born-again fellow.

“Listen, Lester,” the other butcher said. “If I get religion, too, who’s going to weigh the meat?”


This highlights a growing problem. Dishonesty. Who can you trust? Who do we believe?

The book The Day American Told the Truth says that 91 percent of those surveyed lie routinely about matters they consider trivial, and 36 percent lie about important matters; 86 percent lie regularly to parents, 75 percent to friends, 73 percent to siblings, and 69 percent to spouses.

(Psalms 51:6) Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom.

Truth in the innermost being. It’s even more than what you say. It’s how yo live.

I remember reading aobut a Miami Brinks truck that was in an accident. The back doors of the truck flew open and money blew out. While the driver and a fellow Brink’s officer lay bruised and bleeding in the cab, a festive atmosphere broke loose outside the truck. Motorists stopped in rush hour traffic, then scooped up cash before resuming their commutes to the office. Thousands of crisp bills and shiny coins rained down an overpass onto a Miami neighborhood. Below, mothers with babies grabbed coins and piled them into strollers.

They were taking the money that did not belong to them.

Onlookers and participants had plenty of justifications and rationalizations:

• “Which is more moral,” asked one resident of the impoverished neighborhood, “to return the money and leave your children impoverished, or maybe send them to college and enrich the family for generations?”
• “We deserve a little something,” said another.
• “The Lord was willing for it to happen here,” one man commented. “There’s a lot of poverty. It was a miracle.”

Manny Rodriguez, a firefighter who recovered a bag containing $330,000 in cash, summed things up pretty well. “People were almost killed in that truck and people are calling it a blessing from God. That wasn’t a blessing; it was a test. The rich, the poor, the middle class-everybody should have a conscience.”

God help us to have the honesty to deal with this tragic problem.

That’s the good news. Now have a great day.

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