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17 So I’m telling you this, and I insist on it in the Lord: you shouldn’t live your life like the Gentiles anymore. They base their lives on pointless thinking, 18 and they are in the dark in their reasoning. They are disconnected from God’s life because of their ignorance and their closed hearts. 19 They are people who lack all sense of right and wrong, and who have turned themselves over to doing whatever feels good and to practicing every sort of corruption along with greed. 20 But you didn’t learn that sort of thing from Christ. 21 Since you really listened to him and you were taught how the truth is in Jesus, 22 change the former way of life that was part of the person you once were, corrupted by deceitful desires. 23 Instead, renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit 24 and clothe yourself with the new person created according to God’s image in justice and true holiness. 25 Therefore, after you have gotten rid of lying, Each of you must tell the truth to your neighbor [Zechariah 8:16] because we are parts of each other in the same body.
Have you ever gotten (or sent) a post with words like, “I don’t know if this is true or not, but I wanted to share it”? Paul wrote that choosing to follow Jesus goes deeper than just a one-time emotional moment in church. It involves learning, broadly, “how the truth is in Jesus.” That will “renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit” (cf. also Romans 12:1-2), which will shape a new person devoted to justice and true holiness. And one practical consequence of that is that we will get rid of lying.
King Jesus, give me the courage to speak truth in love, the humility to say I’m sorry when I’m wrong and the heart to forgive others who admit a wrong. Amen.
As we consider today’s theme, I recall an advertising campaign for Isuzu Cars & Trucks that ran from 1986-1990. It featured actor, David Leisure, as Joe Isuzu, a narcissistic, pathological liar with a smarmy grin telling outlandish claims about Isuzu cars that would be clarified during the commercial like:
The ad campaign raised Isuzu’s brand recognition to the level of Pepsi & Jell-O. It was so popular because Isuzu had successfully tapped into the cynical consumer mindset, which already assumed most car ads were full exaggerations or hyperbole.
A Gallup poll from October 2022 found that only 34% of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the media reporting the news fully & fairly. 1 When traditional news sources forfeit their credibility & the trust of their readers/viewers, then it creates an environment where all news sources become viewed as equally reliable. (We aren’t solely picking on journalists. This can be true for all fields & professions who are also suffering with a loss of standing with the general public. Sadly, in some cases the proverbial “the best & the brightest” have been neither.) This credibility vacuum allows fake or misleading news stories to proliferate.
So, what are we to do? Doing some online research on today’s topic, I came across some helpful tips from some pretty noteworthy experts to help us navigate the endless flow of fake, false, or misleading news:
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to refresh my memory of the Joe Isuzu advertising clip: Joe Isuzu Commercial
(To be clear, while these tips could be helpful, all of the above quotes are fake. Now, where did I put my old Milli Vanilli CD? – Editor.)
1Gallup.com Megan Brenan October 18, 2022
* Ortberg, John, Who Is This Man? (p. 108). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
** William Barclay, The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians (Revised Edition). Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1975, pp. 153-154.