Sometimes I'll catch one of my kids telling a half-truth. You know how that goes. One is all too eager to describe the offense the other has committed, while leaving out pertinent information related to the motives of the accused. It’s not really a half-truth so much as a complete lie. Exodus 20:16 says, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Such is the ninth commandment, one removed from the end. Lying, or only telling half the story, for the purpose of deceiving, cheating, or causing harm, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual harm, to our neighbor (or sibling) is prohibited. Additionally the commandment requires the adherent to deal in truth, promoting “our own, and our neighbor’s good name, especially in witness bearing.” Don’t lie. Tell the truth. How mundane. That is until we suddenly awaken to the unintended consequences of having not effectively witnessed to or invested fully in the truth. For example, there has been in America a failure on the part of the Church and its members to witness completely, which is say truthfully, to the unique identity of human beings as a distinctive class within God’s creation. As a result our credit is near running out.
We have all encountered them. They are those strange product labels and warning stickers that it seems should be totally unnecessary. I think I've referred to them once before. Do we need to be told for instance that shampoo is for external use only? It would also seem apparent that when attempting to start a chainsaw it is patently unwise to grab the business end of said saw, and yet apparently some machines are affixed with a label that warns against that very practice. It has been suggested that if there is a printed warning against it, that label only proves someone has done exactly what it cautions against. I’m not so sure about that.
I’ve not invested so much as five seconds in the television reality show 19 Kids and Counting. I’m no better than the habitual voyeur into the affairs of the Duggar Family; Jim Bob and Michelle chose to put themselves out there. I simply choose to waste my fleeting days on earth watching grown men throw balls at each other or into some little net, or in some cases ignore the ball entirely while attempting to separate an opponent’s head from the rest of his body. But apparently 19 Kids and Counting is a really compelling show because it’s about a husband and wife who are Christians, obviously adverse to birth control, and impose strict rules upon their kids’ dating experiences.