The Cost of Lying

Alex Jones told lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. A Texas judge has awarded 49+ million dollars from Jones to families who were harmed by his lies.

This week, a court in Connecticut will determine another amount Jones must pay families who were harmed by his lies about Sandy Hook being a hoax.

Jones’ lies have cost him 49 million and still counting.

As much as accounting for his lies will cost him, the harm that Jones’ lies have caused families is greater.

Whether by Jones or someone else, lying is the cheapest and most common means of causing trouble and pain for others.

No wonder, God prohibited lying in the Ten Commandments. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20.16).

Accountable Before God

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14.1).

The essential nature of fools is their belief that they will not be held accountable by God for their actions.

People who have been harmed by the lies of fools come to God, the Judge who always does “what is just” (Genesis 18.25).

In the face of harmful lies, the speaker enters God’s courtroom and pleads their case.

Listen to my words, O Lord;
attend to my sighing.

Listen to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.

O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you and watch.
(Psalm 5.1-3)

If the Sandy Hook families had not obtained a judgment against Alex Jones, they still had recourse before the Ultimate Judge of all.

God’s Standard of Judgment

People who come to God’s courtroom can fully trust his standard of judgment.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil will not sojourn with you.

The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.

You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.
(Psalm 5.4-6)

Liars belong in the category of the wicked and they do not fare well before the Judge of all.

You are probably like me and recognize your place among the wicked. Paul used this Psalm to declare that all humans are under the power of sin in Romans 3.

Only God’s grace (steadfast love) admits us into his presence.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house;
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in awe of you.
(Psalm 5.7)

Yes, we belong to the designation of “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3.23).

By God’s grace, we still can appear before God and appeal to him for justice when we have been harmed by others.

Direction Needed

In an environment of conspiracy theories, alternative facts, and outright lies, we can appeal to God for clear direction.

Where is the truth to be found, when there are so many competing messages?

Who is to be trusted? CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News? Republicans or Democrats?

Concerning political ads that currently assault television, the FCC has determined that blatantly false ads can be shown based on First Amendment rights.

Beyond politics, there is a multitude of wrong ideas from our culture that tend to shape our attitudes and actions.

Prayer for direction is in order while trying to survive the fog of disinformation.

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouths;
their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves;
they flatter with their tongues.
(Psalm 5.8-9)

A humble prayer for God’s direction will be answered in the affirmative. God knows the nature of those who use speech to obtain power and riches at the expense of the unaware.

God will protect you from those who have “no truth in their mouths.” He will help humble people who trust him to align their lives with his way of life.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
so that those who love your name may exult in you.
(Psalm 5.11)

YouTube Videos to Resume Next Week

I am currently in California with Toni and her family. Our WiFi access is limited and I am not able to upload videos.

The videos that Rudy Ross and produce will return next week.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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