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Tell the Truth

At 9:00 PM on the night of March 14, 2017, millions of people tuned to MSNBC to watch Rachel Maddow. For hours leading up to her show, Rachel had been hyping breaking news that she had obtained an illegal copy of President Trump’s tax return. She would expose him for the fraud the Liberal Press has been declaring him to be. The current narrative of the Democratic party, accompanied by the Liberal Press, is that President Trump has not paid any Federal income taxes, or, at least, does not pay his fair share. It is also said that Mr. Trump is not as rich as he professes to be.

The moment of truth finally arrived. After a twenty two minute mindless and rambling preamble of nonsensical statements and scurrilous innuendos, with no supportive evidence by Maddow, the truth came out. Donald J. Trump has paid Federal Income Taxes on an impressive wealth he has earned. He has paid his fair share. In 2005, Mr. Trump made 150 million dollars, and paid 38 million dollars in taxes, an effective tax rate of 25 percent. Mr. Trump paid more taxes, percentage wise, than President Obama did in 2016, or Bernie Sanders did. President Obama paid 19 percent in taxes. Sanders paid 13 percent. So much for President Obama’s program to redistribute wealth by everyone paying their “fair share”, or the socialism of Senator Bernie Sanders. There is nothing but total hypocrisy against Mr. Trump in his Liberal ardent critics.

With that being noted, there is a larger issue in this story beyond media hype, and liberal TV personalities with an agenda to destroy President Trump. The larger story is the unwillingness of people to speak the truth. Why?

I would suggest that the main reason why people do not speak the truth is because a moral compass has been ignored. The moral compass for humanity is the Moral Law of God, summarized in the Decalogue. The eighth commandment states, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” (Ex. 20:16)

Because the Moral Law of God is not respected, or even known by many, there is freedom to speak existentially where one comment has no relationship to the last comment. Even professing Christians are careless with the truth. The Christian who says they will come to an event, and does not, is a liar. The Christian who says they will be somewhere at a certain time and does not show up, is a liar. The Christian who is careless with the truth is a liar. It is as shocking, and as serious as that. Christian, do not tell a person you will do something, and then not do it. Do not tell a person you will be at a certain place on a certain day, and then not attend. It is a shame to your testimony.

Many Christians trade on their outward garb when they speak, even though they know they are not being completely honest, much like the Quaker who sold a man a horse.

At a county fair a distinctively dressed Quaker offered a horse for sale. A non-Quaker farmer asked its price, and since Quakers had a reputation for fair dealing, he bought the horse without hesitation. The farmer got the horse home, only to discover it was lazy and ill-tempered, so he took it back to the fair the next day. There he confronted the Quaker.

“Thou hast no complaint against me,” said the Quaker. “Had thou asked me about the horse, I would have told thee truthfully the problems, but thou didst not ask.”

“That’s okay,” replied the farmer. “I don’t want you to take the horse back. I want to try to sell him to someone else. Can I borrow your coat and hat awhile?”

Many people are wearing the “coat” and “hat” of a Christian, but they are not honest about their time, their intentions, their commitments. When a Christian says they will be at a certain place on a certain date or time, they should be there. Christians must show the world that the moral compass of the Moral Law is of great relevance. Telling the truth is a guiding principle in life.

The world is full of Rachel Maddows. The world is characterized by immoral and illegal speech full of lies, and falsehoods. In contrast, Christianity has always placed a premium on speaking the truth. “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.” (Eph. 4:25)

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