The enemies of right seem always willing to use any form of falsehood to accomplish their desires. Biblical examples abound. Consider just a few.
Many Jews of the captivity had returned to Jerusalem, and, under the direction of Zerubbabel, reconstruction of the temple was underway. Enemies to the project sent a letter to King Artaxerxes with the following malicious content. "Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings" Ezra 4:13. By force of arms the work was stopped for some time.
At a later date Nehemiah was leading out in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. The enemies resorted to threatening the dissemination of a defaming, false report . "Thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, . . . and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words" Nehemiah 6:6, 7. Nehemiah denied the accusation and continued with the work at hand.
Think of the falsehoods Jesus endured. He had just healed one who was demon-possessed, and both blind and dumb, "But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils" Matthew 12:24. It must have been painful to hear the Pharisees' rejection of His divine saving power. During Jesus' trial no legitimate case could be made against Him so distortion was used. "At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days "Matthew 26:60, 61.
Twisting the truth – with what ease it is done! Could even Christians be guilty of this? How closely we should watch our words and acts that we never fall into the self-serving trap of bending the truth. Remember, "The words of a talebearer are as wounds" Proverbs 26:22. To wound is not a Christ like activity. We are guilty of lying if we have hatred toward another while claiming to love God. "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar" 1 John 4:20. That's a strong statement! The Ten Commandments reflect the love of God. One of them states "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" Exodus 20:16. Any deviation from truth is a false witness.
So, though situations arise where it would be so easy to rationalize a slight twisting of the truth, resist. Instead, be one who is always known for "speaking the truth in love" Ephesians 4:15.
Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.