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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, April 28, 1999
Dear Colleagues,

“THE TRUTH IS PEOPLE TELL 200 LIES A DAY, STUDY FINDS.”

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Good Morning!

So stated a recent newspaper article out of London. The study further revealed:

  • On the average, people tell a lie every eight minutes.
  • US $50.00 was “mistakenly” sent to 25 clergy and 25 car salesmen. 15 in both group cashed the checks.

The article concluded, “Dishonesty is a fundamental part of life.” Certainly the Scriptures would

concur,  “Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception...”  (Psa. 12:2)

What are some of the reasons people lie?

  • To manipulate – “Joe, you are one of the last ones to endorse the project. Surely you want to be part of the team.”
  • To not offend – “Yes Mary, that is a lovely dress.”
  • To withhold a portion of the truth – “Sales are up 20%!” (Suppressing the fact that the company ended the year in the red.)
  • To avoid inconvenience – “Tell them I’m not in the office.”
  • To excuse their failure – “I was late due to heavy traffic.”
  • To exaggerate – “85% of the units are sold out,” states the advertisement, when in fact the figure is 42%.
  • To flatter – “Bill, how did you become so exceptional at so many things?”
  • To deceive – “We can do the job for 15% below the lowest bidder… and on time.”

Given the seriousness of the problem, perhaps our prayer should echo that of the Psalmist, “Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.”  (Psa. 120:2)

Because God somberly forewarns us,

“No one who practices deceit will dwell in My house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in My presence…All liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” [or Hell] (Psa. 101:7; Rev. 21:8b)

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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