It sure has been an amazingly absurd and hypocritical past few weeks, hasn’t it? We’ve had a famous televangelist successfully convince us that he needs a $60M private jet to spread the Gospel. We’ve had a former male Olympian (and current grandparent) lead us to believe that he is now a woman. And just recently, we’ve uncovered that a prominent white NAACP leader has been living a lie as a black woman for that past several years.
While these three events may seem unrelated, they have a very pronounced common thread: all three people have friends, family, and internet strangers who enable their specific brand of deception. Based on my knowledge and research, that is even worse than the original lies themselves.
Actually, let me rephrase that. Creflo Dollar, Caitlyn Jenner, and Rachel Dolezal are all guilty of creating a narrative that simply isn’t true. However, it is OUR willing participation in their conceit that has magnified their perception into delusions of grandeur.
That’s what happens when one starts telling lies and puffing oneself up. Just like everyone’s mom used to say, “When you tell one lie, you gotta tell more lies to cover up the first.” It produces a snowball effect. As the snowball gets bigger, more and more people fall into its path. Once rolled into the snowball, those bystanders begin lying too.
I plead that we as a nation begin to halt this enabling behavior. Everyone’s actions and thoughts aren’t valid. And it’s not wrong to admit that. It’s never wrong to tell to truth. It’s never wrong to put our selfish pride aside and accept what’s truly taking place within us and in the world around us.
If you are of the Christian persuasion like myself, here are some supporting verses:
Proverbs 12:22 ESV
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.”
Luke 8:17 ESV
“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”
Ephesians 4:25 ESV
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
Ben Baxter is an avid writer, engineer, financial advisor, and contributor to AL.com.