Monday, 29 November 2010

Full disclosure

Yesterday Sunday 28th November the Internet 'leaks' site wikileaks started publishing US government files.  They tell a lot about foreign diplomatic activities, opinions and actions.  In some cases they are secret in a lot of cases they are embarrassing.

Politics is a murky world, we all know that.  It is full of backroom deals, intrigue, backstabbing and compromise.  It is getting one thing by sacrificing another, it is about priorities.

As with life.  Last night David McIlwaine was speaking at Rathcoole Presbyterian Church about this same issue.  Jesus said, 'You cannot serve two masters.'  You can't serve both God and money, God and lies, God and dirty deals.  You cannot advocate truth and cover-up. 'Beware your sins will find you out.'

Often our own lives go by the same principles of these high-level politicians. In public we are respectable, upright, just, fair, kind and astute, but beneath the veneer we are compromising, cutting deals with our conscience.  Justifying wrong actions if they are done with the 'right' motives. 
We tell a lie to save face, then another lie to cover the first one, then another then another.  How many of us are so used to compromising truth in order to preserve our reputation that we don't even know what truth really is any more.  But how do we fix this?

We need to remember where genuine truth is found, the source of pure righteousness.  We find this only in the face of our loving God.  A God who knows everything and who is not fooled by any cover-up.  We need to remind ourselves that He will judge us on the things seen and the things unseen. He knows all and He is all wise.

God has a way of restoring those who have gotten so deep into compromise that they don't know where to turn. 

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:31-36

Embrace the truth, the truth that God loves you, that He sent His son to die for you and that by following His teaching, His way and not your own, you will be free indeed.

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