The content of our character


Have you ever thought of the human condition of so many people being habitual liars? Ronald Reagan likes to say “Trust but verify” in Russian when dealing with the Soviet Union. For evangelicals in a world of habitual liars this is where we need to be. Trusting but always verifying, telling the truth and defining what truth is.

Lies, truth and confessions

A liar must convince himself of the possibilities of the benefits to lie and justify crossing the line of truth. We are a culture made of liars that are often rewarded for it. Contrast that with the truth tellers who often wind up being punished for telling the truth. A liar’s chief motive is to delay consequence for an action or inaction. The prelude to the “Lord have mercy” version of the Kyrie is an admission to both the ‘sin of doing and the sin of failing to do.’ This is the human condition in thoughts, in words and in action. The Mass provides an out for the believer, to confess publicly that we are sinners. A liar will try to convince people that “what they are doing or refuse to do is not a sin.” They may be lying to you when they say that, but they first had to lie to themselves.

Wild Fires

There are countless examples where crimes have been committed against humanity that have become toxic dumping sites that are burning and eroding the backbone of truth in our cities. While the initial infraction was bad enough, the wildfire that burns out of control causes residual burns that are devasting to marriages, families, businesses and communities. Look at the financial scandals that were bad enough, but how lies spread through people involved. Divorce, suicide, bankruptcy and erosion of trust and accountability were the direct and indirect consequences to the initial infraction. Why? Fear is the answer. Corporate execs feared telling the truth about how their company was doing for fear of disgrace. Satan is alive and well and when people feel they have no way out, the prince of lies convinces the isolated to lie, because ‘no one could ever forgive a person as devious as you.’

The content of our character

One of the most important things that Martin luther King ever said was that he wanted his children to be judged by “the content of their character.” One of the cornerstones of a study, relationship and outreach idea that I will publish is “The content of our character.” Character starts with truth and the truth is defined as Biblical and the definition of Biblical truth is in the person of Jesus. Some 76 times Jesus Christ begins important teachings with “I tell you the truth…” While people may not understand who Jesus is, few would call him a liar. I believe that starting with Matthew 5:18 the quintessential truth is initiated in the midst of the “Sermon on the Mount.” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus begins.He continues with the choice that teachers of “religious law” were doing. They were teaching people how to break the commandments instead of teaching people to keep the commandments.

I tell you the truth

I’m just saying- I tell you the truth

and as long as we’re under this roof

Truth lives.

I’m not playing, I tell you the truth

and under this roof

the truth shall live.

1. Until the end of the world

until heaven and earth disappear

the truth will ring out- crystal clear.

not the smallest letter, or a stroke of my pen,

will erase the law from the books,

not even then.

I’m just saying- I tell you the truth

and as long as we’re under this roof

Truth lives.

I’m not playing, I tell you the truth

and under this roof

the truth shall live.

Bridge:

Don’t teach them how to murder

Don’t teach them how to steal

Don’t teach them how to slander or cheat,

No matter how you may feel.

Don’t justify the means

or you will come to a bad end,

loving God will find you

loving people as your friends.

Chorus:

I’m just saying- I tell you the truth

and as long as we’re under this roof

Truth lives.

I’m not playing, I tell you the truth

and under this roof

the truth shall live.

2.I’m just saying get right with your brother

Get right with your God,

Get right with all nations

Bring righteoussness abroad.

Don’t be like Pharisee’s

bringing people to their knees

without an ounce of repentance

without a chance of redemption

without a firm connection

to the truth.

I’m just saying- I tell you the truth

and as long as we’re under this roof

Truth lives.

I’m not playing, I tell you the truth

and under this roof

the truth shall live.

BT Springs 2.27.12

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