Dr. Gary M. Barker.
Dr. Gary Baker is a freelance columnist for The and Paso Robles Press; you can e-mail him at [email protected]
I am very thankful that my parents raised me to tell the truth in all circumstances. I was severely punished when I was caught in a lie. My mother said that if I grew up and became a habitual liar, I would become a worthless person. The foundation of any meaningful and valuable relationship is trust, based on truth and honesty.
(Proverbs 6:16-19) The Bible clearly teaches that God loves the truth and hates the tongue of falsehood.
The wise Solomon lists seven things that are an abomination, or things that God hates. Two of the seven are a lying tongue and a false witness who tells lies. The great lawgiver Moses, who gave the law of God to his people in the Ten Commandments, wrote Bear no false witness against your neighbor. God knows that lying and bearing false witness can damage and destroy one’s personal relationship.
(Ephesians 4:15) The apostle Paul taught the believers in Ephesus to speak the truth in love. Telling the truth is an expression of love, but lying is an expression of hate. Love is aimed at edification and encouragement, while hate is aimed at destruction and annihilation.
As a Christian, God expects me to always speak the truth and never lie. Lying is a sin against God and against the person being lied about. As a Rotarian, I am committed to controlling my behavior through the Rotary Four Senses Test. The first obligation is to ask myself in everything I say and do: Is that right?
We know that telling the truth is the basis of honest and trustworthy business relationships.
I wrote these things to apply these truths to two different circumstances. In my personal opinion and judgment, it was so slanderous and false to accuse President Donald J. Trump of being the most important president of the United States. Assets (past and present). He is motivated by hate, not love. I believe the current charge of sedition is both unconstitutional and false. This action will only further divide our country. On the other hand, I really think President Trump lost the election to Joe Biden. The big lie that Trump won the election because it was rigged is actually a lie.
As a Republican who supported President Trump and voted for him, I think it’s fair to say he lost the election.
President Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, has made it clear that there has been voter fraud, but not to the extent that it would have changed the outcome of the election. I sincerely hope that President Trump will humbly admit defeat.
I don’t think you can keep saying that President Trump won the election. We must humbly acknowledge and accept the truth, even if we do not like it.
We must fear God’s judgment if we perpetuate a lie. Lying is an abomination to God. God will always bless, honor and promote people and policies that are sincere.
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