A culture of lying can have earth-shattering consequences. There's a great little book by Andy Andrews: "How Do You Kill 11 MILLION PEOPLE?" The answer: "You lie to them." His example is the Holocaust. What will the consequences of lying be in our generation?
Americans used to agree that a basic value we shared was the importance of truth. One of the 10 Commandments is: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." Don't lie about the other guy. Jesus said, "But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’" Simply tell the truth.
And that is hard to do. It's not just the politicians, journalists and lawyers. We all lie because we are all selfish. Sometimes we tell "white lies" to cover minor indiscretions, sometimes we tell "big lies" that cost others their lives and livelihoods. We spend lots of time justifying ourselves, splitting hairs about when it might be OK to lie, or when lies don't really matter, or when we think lies are essential.
We have moved away from the idea that lying is a WRONG thing to do. Lying is now a tolerated, everybody-does-it kind of thing. When we accept as normal the daily dose of lies we get from our leaders, our news, and even from our friends, the easier it becomes for us to stop telling the truth as well.
Here's today's challenge. Go 24 hours without telling a lie, not even a little-bitty white lie. No lies at all.
Your goal is to avoid telling lies, big ones and little ones.