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Fibs, Lies and Chocolate Bars

I have to admit that for some reason it seems like being in sales makes it a lot easier to lie. When you’re trying to sell a product it just seems so easy to make up junk on the fly just to get the sale through. I’m not talking about making bold faced lies about the company I work for or the product I’m selling, I’m talking about just making up little fibs here and there. We all do it, salesperson or not. I remember one night I was tired of telling people I was in their area because our company was ‘just down the street’ installing service. Instead I decided to give total honesty by being completely upfront in telling people I was a salesman for the company I worked for and I was there to sell them our product. Yup, that was my pitch. Guess how it went? By the 5th door I had just about lost my head – not to mention my job! The good news is that in the long run it forced me to come up with a better opening pitch, complete with no fibs, which gained me respect and the sales I needed. 

But the whole issue of telling fibs and lies seems to be an epidemic today, at least here in America. You know you’re in rough shape when you get so good (actually bad) at it that you start believing your own crap. Take our group of Olympic swimmers last week who thought their stardom granted them a pass at honesty. To be in front of a camera with multiplied millions of viewers watching and create some bold faced bogus story was absolute arrogance gone to seed. After being confronted, ‘oops I exaggerated’ was accepted by the media as a decent apology. He won medals for his talent but that’s a big fat zero win for his character. Unfortunately last week didn’t end there. Before the weekend arrived the state department released a statement that our President lied about the $400 million we paid to Iran. You would think that surely we would get an honest confession from our nations’ leader right? Nope. Instead the White House ‘helped’ us all by redefining Webster’s dictionary regarding the meaning of the word ransom. 

That kind of action doesn’t do our nation any favors, but I know better than to point fingers. I once told a fellow passenger on a 3 hour flight that I was a salesperson for Cadbury chocolate. I impressed myself by making that one up on the fly. By the end of the flight I sold him on eating Cadbury and amazed myself at how much BS I could actually come up with! Unfortunately it didn’t end there for this preacher. I got such a kick out of it that on my next flight I told my fellow passenger I was the undercover air marshal. I even had the stewardess pat me on the arm after I said it, asking me if I needed anything. I’m telling you, the look on the lady’s face sitting next to me was almost worth it all! So no, I can’t point fingers. I admit that I strangely enjoyed the rush, but it was my heart that brought me back to dead center. It’s our heart that should always bring us back to dead center. That love for God and His Word which keeps the bubble in the middle so to speak. Without that Moral Code we lose center gravity and get off balanced. And that’s my biggest concern for our nation – we’ve let go of the Bible. Today situational ethics, talent, politicians and liberal judges are trying to redefine our rights and wrongs, believing that somehow it will form in us a more perfect Union. We’ve lost our center gravity.

Yet something greater happens in all of us when we live by a heart that holds true to God’s Word and Spirit. We don’t need the fibs and lies. We live bigger. We love bigger. It softens the hardest of hearts. Given time it develops character, cementing solid principles to live by. It gains us success and the needed respect of others. The Apostle Peter gave us a picture of what center gravity should look like when he said:

1 Peter 3:8-14 (The Message Translation)
8 Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. 9 That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless — that's your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing and also get a blessing. 10 Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here's what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful; 11 Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you're worth. 12 God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what he's asked; But he turns his back on those who do evil things. 13 If with heart and soul you're doing good, do you think you can be stopped? 14 Even if you suffer for it, you're still better off. Don't give the opposition a second thought. 

Let’s keep it real,
Pastor Shian

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