Guarding your words
Exodus 23:1-2 “You shall not repeat a false report. Do not join the wicked in putting your hand, as an unjust witness, upon anyone.
Neither shall you allege the example of the many as an excuse for doing wrong, nor shall you, when testifying in a lawsuit, side with the many in perverting justice.
In both my custody case, as well as in my criminal case, these precepts set forth in Scripture were blatantly, intentionally, and maliciously ignored by nearly every party from attorneys to judges to probation officers and claimants. What good are affidavits when they, in our culture, are easily used to manipulate people and there is no moral conscience of any of the people involved. And moreover, when they are not held in contempt? When there is no justice?
There is not one shred of evidence that any of what was said in the affidavits against me was true. I was forced to play along with their game, just to see my daughter again. I was forced by my county government’s lack of critical thinking, and underwent forced psychotherapy (for a condition that did not exist). It existed only in the lies fabricated on a falsely sworn set of affidavits.
Following the forced psychotherapy, not a single psychologist suggested anything further than mild anxiety and/or *maybe* depression – a documented fact from my sessions. Not enough for a medical prescription. And obviously not enough to remove a child from her mother. Yet that is exactly what was done.
And still, 4 years later, I am still subjected to, those lies. Those lies became my reality. So whomever said a lie could not become truth, well yes. Yes it can.
Because my custody issues drag on and on and on. Because the harassment I experience around me goes on and on and on. I was falsely labeled as “crazy” and now this is the only reputation I have. Because the label was applied yet the evidence never accepted as truth. This is precisely how one becomes anxious and depressed (not that she was in the first place, as falsely claimed).
It has become rather clear we here in America have lost touch with truth. We prefer the easy path, to lie our way into whatever we want to get. I think we like to think “most people are good” (I used to anyway). But now I no longer do. I have been shown exactly what kind of evil exists in the world. Scripture itself provides hundreds of examples of “guarding your spoken word”, that which “passes your lips”. In nearly all cases there is an emphasis on the fact that it is what actually comes through your mouth. A rather sharp rebuke can be found in the book of Proverbs:
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
“…the Lord hates.” Wait, what? The Lord hates?
There is a reason God despises these things. Just a little white lie here, and a little white lie there….and the cumulative effects of all these little white lies is a destroyed life (lives) with none to care. Does God care about LIFE? (This is not even a sound question.)
The point here, I guess, is the necessity to evaluate ourselves. Do we love liars and praise falsehood? (It seems so, and in fact, by listening to the news every day, it would seem we idolize falsehood….and I’d be seriously concerned with what Scripture tells us if I were to write a post on idolatry.) Do we care about life?
For further consideration, is to suppose a person’s “filter”, i.e., the ability for a person to decide on his/her own which words to choose to “pass through one’s lips” (whether directly face-to-face, or in type, correspondence, journaling, etc….), is removed without consent, or knowledge. Again, Scripture has the answer. Thank and praise the Lord.
So unless we consider that perspective, while we still cry out about witch hunts, porn stars, and Russian collusion…and this is OUR (as a nation) “reality”. Our tweets and posts and comment threads, the 24-7 news feeds, a continual flow of words (outright, filtered, spoken or written). How does that stand to Scripture, given the many and numerous warnings weaved throughout the Bible….
 In estrangement one seeks pretexts; with all persistence he picks a quarrel.
 The fool takes no delight in understanding, but rather in displaying what he thinks.
 With wickedness comes contempt, and with disgrace comes scorn.
 The words from a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the source of wisdom is a flowing brook.
The case for the need of a Savior. Is it possible for mankind to ever fully recover truth, on our own? We seem to strive daily for truth, honesty, and justice and equality for those who have been deprived such. But if we are honest with ourselves and our history (world history even), is that truly possible?
I read recently in an area publication that there is a “great falling away from God’s word and truth. A great apostasy.” That we’ve fallen away from God’s word is not new as is evident in our culture of the past few years alone, never mind the 60s, 70s, and up. But worse, it seems, is our ability to self-regulate the truth (a direct consequence of falling away from God’s word). Words in the English language mean something entirely different that their original meaning and if you’re not “hip on the latest” buzzword or fictitious “story”, you simply have absolutely no idea what people are talking about.
Chuck Schumer talked about the border wall not even being a “border wall”. Well then, Mr. Schumer, what is it? In English, please. Similarly with a “space force”. Anyone care to enlighten? No, because you can’t. Because you can’t.
But you could make the case for a Savior.
To further unravel this thread (which man alone cannot): our elected officials are speaking truth yet we perceive it to be something else. The idea is that what sounds like fiction is truth. Fiction has become truth. It’s the bywords and phrases and “stories”, when not elaborated on with explicit and definitive explanations, where this occurs.
It’s the story about a doorpost dog. It’s the story about hawks along the river. It’s the story about bears on the interstate.
It’s gotten to the point where by trying to be wise (crafty, one might say) we have, or will eventually, no longer be representatives of truth, honesty, or justice and equality….and instead have unwittingly spurned God’s word and seem to be making only fools of ourselves.
How long can we go on where the dog turned cat turned unicorn turned popcorn bowl… and wait, where were we again? I know where it has gotten me. To dig deeply into the word of God to see where truth is (and thankfully so). And as such, rightfully, the devil has eroded our sense of truth, our realities are twisted, and as we grind further and further into that kind of madness we easily fall away from the Word of God.
Now, His word is myth and if you rebuke that and say “no, everything in the Bible is true” (i.e., as every Christian should), you will be standing in the “wrong”.
America, it is time we choose which side we want to be on.