Nº 158 HONESTLY weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - AUGUST 9, 2021
“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” - Blaise Pascal
The Greek philosopher Diogenes lived in the 300’s B.C. Among his numerous idiosyncrasies was the habit of carrying a lantern on his daytime walks. When asked about this unusual practice, he responded that he was looking for an honest man. Apparently, honest people were tough to find in Diogenes’ day. And not much has changed in 2,300 years. Most of us do not tell outright lies, we just shade the truth and present the details in our favor. Whether in politics, business, or sadly in our churches and personal lives, we tend to seek victory more than truth. We try to arrange the ‘facts’ to support our position rather than to honestly discover and proclaim the truth. The ninth commandment tells us, “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16) False testimony in our everyday lives picks away at the fabric of our trusting society. Once the unraveling begins, it is difficult to stop. Had Diogenes live 300 years later, he might have found that honest man. Jesus told His disciples, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6a) The more we live like Jesus, the more we will live an honest and truthful life!
Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc