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.
I am a news junkie! Technology makes it possible for us to receive news in various media forms 365/24/7. I am curious about what is happening in our global community and how what is happening impacts our local, regional, national, and global society. News, when it is good, is informative. News, when it is disturbing, can be very sad and painful.
The 2016 presidential election was brutal! We saw candidates attack each other in very personal ways. We heard many falsities, many lies being told across the board. Now, after the election and swearing in of the 45th President of the United States, the first few days of this government has been filled with lies.
The writer of Proverbs offer great wisdom in what the Lord hates, what is detestable to God. Included in the list is a lying tongue. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that a “lie cannot live.” However, we have heard so much lies recently that we might begin to think otherwise.
Donald J. Trump is President of the United States, in part, due to the lie he lifted and spread regarding the birth and citizenship of Barack Obama. President Trump was the main advocate and chief sponsor of the lie being told that was an ongoing attempt to delegitimize the presidency of Mr. Obama. That lie was very injurious. Many knew that it was not the truth, but who would speak such falsity when credible evidence revealed the truth.
All of us remain prayerful that President Trump will rise to the occasion and demonstrate maturity and professional demeanor. We want a president that acts presidential. We want a role model, a genuine caring and loving person. We want someone sympathetic to our plight.
As we settle in for the Trump presidency and continue to be inundated with all that is being said, we, too, must evaluate our motives and actions. It is very easy to criticize Mr. Trump. He is larger than life and opens the door for criticism. However, it is more dutiful to evaluate ourselves, to take stock of our motivations, and make sure that we are walking in the ways of Christ. Speak truthfully and allow those words to be your testimony. Amen.