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IS THERE ANYTHING SINFUL
IN VOTING FOR A LYING POLITICIAN?

 
TOO OFTEN, POLITICIAN AND LIAR ARE SYNONYMOUS.  THERE ARE A FEW THAT ARE  HONEST AND FORTHRIGHT.  THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN, THAT TOO MANY VOTERS HAVE EARS THAT LOVE LIES.  THE MAIN SIN OF SUCH VOTERS WAS PRESENT BEFORE THEIR VOTE, IT IS THE RESULT OF SIN IN A PERSON THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO VOTE FOR A LIAR.  IT IS THE RESULT OF PRESENT SIN THAT ONE IS FOOLED BY A LYING POLITICIAN.
 

We live in a world of lies.  Politicians lie, salespeople lie, children lie, mates lie, advertisers lie, and now unfortunately, even some preachers lie.  Hardly anyone could honestly say that they believe that politicians do not lie, especially when they are campaigning for the political office. And it is not just politicians, we all have heard and seen salespeople with wild claims from their lying lips. Too many of us have shrugged our shoulders and thought that this is just part of selling, or part of politics.
 
Every person is responsible for their actions.  Lies are still condemned by the Lord.  God hates lying, and the Lord tells us that He is the TRUTH, and the Holy Spirit is the ‘SPIRIT OF TRUTH.’  
 
John 14:6 (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.
 
John 16:13 (ASV)
13 Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He shall guide you into all the truth: for He shall not speak from Himself; but what things soever He shall hear, these shall He speak: and He shall declare unto you the things that are to come.
 
If we are redeemed by One known as the Truth, and now taught by the Spirit Who guides us into all truth, how can we be so gullible to believe all the lies, all the prevarications of this world?
 
One politician several years ago was listening to a speech in congress by the president of the country.   After hearing one statement from the podium, the man shouted ‘That’s a lie.’   He received much bad press for having been so bold, but when the facts were checked, the statement that had been made was proven to be undeniably untrue.   The man was correct in his calling the a ‘lie’.   How much more should we be inwardly aware of lies, if the Holy Spirit that fills us is the ‘Spirit of Truth’, and our Savior is ‘The Truth’, how can we not be aware, spiritually discerning the lies?
 
How many times has the Spirit tried to shout out to us ‘that’s a lie’, but many are too busy smiling, condoning, accepting of the lies and the liars to even give a frown of disapproval. 
 
The lies of advertisers, the lies of politicians, the lies of even preachers should have an inward check, the feeling of the upset of the Spirit of Truth within us.   We are to be aware of truth, and those who are not, are questionable as to their spiritual maturity.
 
When we get that inward confirmation from the Spirit that something is a lie, we don’t often need to shout it out, but we could at least pray for the liar, pray that the truth be revealed, pray that righteousness would again be evident in our nation, instead of lying.  As long as we enable and support liars, or even worse, become like those we smile when they lie, we will never have a better government, never have a trustworthy marketplace, never have a sermon we can trust to be free of heresy.
 
To lovingly, in a Christian way, speak out a requirement for truth does not make us evil persons, the liars are being evil, sinful, and should not be condoned by Christians.  By rejecting the lies, by rejecting the liars, due to their unscrupulous lies, and exposing (in a Christian manner) that those are lies, instead of allowing lies to be unchallenged, we may see a day of repentance long needed.
 
The Bible speaks much about the SIN of LYING.  There are many passages far to long ignored by the church even, that show God’s opinion of lying.  This is not anti- a political party message, this is an ‘anti’ lying discussion.  I find lies in all political parties, I find lies being accepted by adherents of all political parties.  I am not attacking the persons, but the lies.  I am not attacking the liars, but am showing that the ‘Christians’ who love and accept lies and liars, are not in harmony with the One called the Truth, or the Spirit of Truth Who is trying hard to be our Teacher in this church age.
 

TO SOMEDAY ENTER THE KINGDOM OF JESUS,
WE MUST HATE LIES.
 
Revelation 22:14-15 (KJV)
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
 
Notice here, it is not just those who ‘make a lie’ that are denied access to the New Jerusalem, but those who ‘love’ a lie.   That is a problem in our age, that not only are there many liars, but there are even more who ‘love’, and want to believe the lies that they are told.  This ‘loving of lies’ keeps one from the New Jerusalem, according to Revelation chapter 22.  
 
WICKEDNESS MAKES ONE SUSCEPTIBLE TO LIES.
SO, IT IS NOT JUST A SIN TO LIE,
AND A SIN TO BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO LIES,
BUT IT IS A RESULT OF SIN
THAT ONE DOES BEGIN TO LOVE LIES.
 
Proverbs 17:4 (KJV)
4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
 
The wickedness of a person allows the ‘lies’ that others speak to be believable.  If not for one’s own ‘wickedness’, one is not protected from another’s lies.  If they were walking with the Lord, following the leading of the Holy Spirit, the lies would be revealed and avoided.  The person who ‘gives heed to false lips’ has need of a time of heart searching of their own heart, so as to be not vulnerable to lies.
 
We are to ‘find’ out the liars, be able to search out, have revealed to us, or be inwardly aware of liars and their lies.   To the church at Ephesus, Jesus spoke in the Book of Revelation that they had ‘found’ those that were ‘liars’, and were able to do so, for they could ‘not bear them that are evil.’
 
Revelation 2:2 (KJV)
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
 
How wonderful it would be, if people today were able to listen to the political aspirants and know a lie when they hear it.  No, I am not going to now preach ‘democrat’, nor ‘republican’, for we find in both parties plenty of lies.  If one tries to be honest and truthful, they are shunned, for the truth is not what this world wants to hear.   We have politicians on both sides daily speaking lies beyond measure.  They know these are lies, and many others know they are lies.  They insert enough truth to make them sound believable, but with the Spirit of Truth teaching us, we should not be fooled by even those ‘almost believable lies.’   We have Divine help from the omniscient Trinity.  There is no excuse for us being deceived by lying politicians.  The problem is inner wickedness, un-repented sins that make one love and accept the lies being told in this world.
 
THE DEVIL IS THE FATHER OF LIES,
AND THE INSTIGATOR OF LIES.
 
THE LYING POLITICIANS ARE IN LEAGUE,
KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY WITH THE DEVIL.
 
John 8:44-47 (KJV)
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
46 Which of you convinceth Me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe Me?
47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
 
If we are ‘of God’, we will hear ‘His words’ and know them to be truth.  If we are hearing lies, spawned from the devil, and believing them, unchecked in our spirits by the Holy Spirit, we need to ‘examine’ ourselves.  The ‘natural man’ does not receive the words of the Spirit of God, and considers His truths to be ‘foolishness’.  We, though, as spiritual, should ‘have the mind of Christ.’  We should recognize truth, and all lies should be revealed to be lies by the Spirit Who works in us.
 
1 Corinthians 2:13-16 (KJV)
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
 

CONTINUING IN THE WORD,
BEING A DISCIPLE OF JESUS, THE TRUTH,
GIVES US REVELATION OF TRUTH.
 
John 8:31-32 (KJV)
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
 
Lies spring from sin.  The sin of pride made Lucifer become a ‘liar’, in order to deceive mankind that his ways made sense.  To get mankind to believe
that he was superior to God, he had to lie. So, the sin of pride led to lies. He sin of pride makes many politicians speak lies, to show themselves to be wise, good, and to have all the right answers.  The sin of greed makes many a salesperson lie to make the customer think they are getting a great deal on the item to be sold.  The sin of disobedience makes a child lie that they did not eat the cookies, that a sibling must have done it.  A sin in our lives can easily lead to the sin of lying.  We need to continue in the Word of Truth, the Bible, and live by its ways, so that we do not become liars too.
 
 
IF WE RECOGNIZE THE VOICE OF TRUTH, 
WE FLEE FROM THE WORDS OF LYING POLITICIANS.
 
John 10:1-5 (KJV)
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
 

THE SOUND OF LIES FILL THE AIR-WAVES OF THE MEDIA. 
THE POLITICAL SPEECHES ARE OFTEN
DECEPTIVE AND CORRUPTED BY LIES.
 
One president had a revelation of his lies in a lying escapade called Watergate.  The perjury, wiretapping, burglary, and long attempted coverup was exposed, proven, and the president resigned.  There were several of the conspirators in that sinful undertaking, that came to find Jesus as Merciful Savior during the expose of the sins.   Had it been hidden, accepted, condoned, or ignored, these two souls may have not been saved.  One recently died, and had a ministry in his ending years, of preaching to those in jail.  He admitted his former sins, and encouraged repentance.  The calling to an end of those lies of Watergate, led to the salvation of many souls.  Yet, today, we find Christians applauding liars, voting for liars, and ignoring the lies of any in their own political camp.  This is shameful.
 
In this current campaign for president, we have all witnessed liars and false accusation from many of the participants.   Where is the Christian outcry?  Why do many condone the lies of their own party, and condemn only the lies of the other party? 
 
In American politics, some follow the rule from Leo Durocher, of ‘Nice guys finish last.”  That is errant.  Nice Christian guys are going to finish in heaven, and ‘liars’ finish in the lake of fire, if they do not repent.  That is Biblical truth, and ones who think being ‘nice’ or Christian will ruin their careers will find it ruined for them ‘eternity’.
 
Politics often see the voter as the ‘customer’ and the politician as the ‘product’, and the campaigners as the ‘salesmen.’  They will promise like a lying salesperson  anything about the product that they think will sell their ‘product’.  ‘No new taxes, lower unemployment, free college, free murder of the unborn, total blessings for all the hearers, and truth above all’ are promised.  Lying is a weapon in their armory to be used whenever it is effective.
 
They use polls and focus groups to find out the concerns of the voters, they promise whatever the most of the people want to hear.  Often, as we find out after the election, they had no intent to ever do those things, or the things promised were impossible to accomplish.  Yet, the lie was still spread around as absolute truth. Their goal is to persuade voters at any cost. 
 
One group is currently sending voter registrations to illegal aliens with a note that there is no way for anyone to know if they are not a citizen.  They therefore are encouraging many to lie on the registration.   Liars love company, and they feel less guilty if all around them are also liars.  It is time that Christians quit condoning liars, quit electing those who lie, and begin to demand truth from all candidates.
 
Word manipulation is common amidst liars.   The words are given special meanings, meanings are manipulated to make their lies sound truthful. Like the politician who said “it all depends on what  the meaning of ‘is’ is”.  No, that politician lied, covered up, and still has not admitted many of his lies.  Still, many Christians applaud him, and call him ‘great’.   When are we ever going to demand truth?
 
DOES EVERYONE LIE?
 
Everyone has lied.  Even a baby learns that when they cry when hungry, someone comes.  So, soon, even the baby learns that when they want attention, hungry or not, they can cry that they are ‘hungry’ and someone will come.  That is the beginning of lying, and in a baby we understand, they have no language or understanding of how to truthfully get the attention they crave.   As they mature, some still use ‘lying’ as a method of getting their way.  We teach children, explain the need for truth, and ‘train up the child in the way they should go.’
 
Salesmen, politicians, and many others are still lying to get their desired goals.  For a few it is ‘little white lies’ as the baby’s was. They may say the dinner was ‘delicious’ when really they hope to be able to vomit it up.  They tell a friend that their outfit is really wonderful, when actually they will joke about it later to another.  Some think those are ‘non-hurting’ lies, but they still train our souls to allow lying if we think there is good reason.  There is not, and we need to ‘train’ our soul aright.
 
The hurting lies, as a husband telling his wife he is working late when really committing adultery, or a business owner telling investors the company is strong and going to make a profit, are hurtful.  There are reasons for those lies, in the eyes of the liar, but the victims would not excuse them.
 

Some POLITICIANS are COMPULSIVE LIARS.
 
A compulsive liar is someone who lies for no reason.  They lie with ease, they find comfort in it.  They will lie about everything and have no apparent conscience as to its sinfulness. Lying has become an addiction to them. Even when confronted by the facts, they will continue in the lie, though they may embellish it a bit. 
 
We, unfortunately, have often had compulsive liars elected to office.  Their records and history are dressed up, and adorned.  Anything bad is covered, denied, or dramatically altered.  Their accomplishments are beautified.  Lies are like icing on the cake, and so much icing soon makes the cake hard to find. Is there truth anywhere in all those words from some politicians? 
 
Some are so good at it, that it takes much time to prove them liars.  Finally, after the election, many are shocked at what were lies, what was really the intent of the compulsive liar. 
 
Lying ranks high among the common vices of mankind. A poll of many Americans revealed that 97 out of 100 admitted that they, at times, lied. Human depravity reveals itself in mankind's lies. We have grown so accustomed to lies, we rarely get startled when we discover that a salesman lied, or that the politician we support lied.
Proverbs 12:22
"Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.'
Colossians 3:9
"Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man, with his deeds'
Some Christians do not put off the 'old man', it seems.  Lies pass through the lips of even those who call themselves Christians.  Yet, the word ‘Christian means ‘Christ-like’, and lying is not Christ-like.
 
Too many Christians even regard lies as inconsequential. Yet, among the seven things that God says He hates in Proverbs 6:16-19, three regard lying. The ninth commandment tells us to not bear false witness against our neighbor.
Lying has many forms, but its essence is 'deception'.  Lying is the telling of an untruth, with the intent to deceive.  If a radio announcer says 'car accident claims 3 lives' but when he said it, unbeknownst to him, a fourth had died, did he lie?  No.  God would not punish him, for it was unintentional to speak that untruth.  Also, a person may change his mind, and not have lied. 
 
Cain lied when asked about Abel's whereabouts.  Cain said 'I know not'.  Joseph's brothers lied when they said they found Joseph's coat, and did not know where he was.
 
Sometimes, some try to word their 'lie' so it is not a 'lie'.  It is like the preacher who walked into the meat market, and said: 'Throw me a couple of those fish, I am supposed to be fishing, and I want to tell my wife I caught these fish, and I don't want to be lying'.  That was a lie for him to tell his wife he 'caught' the fish? For actually,  he did 'catch' the thrown fish, but the meaning of ‘catch’ was deceptive to his wife, for his intent was to deceive.
 
Some have tried to define ‘compulsive lying’ as a psychiatric disorder.  Well, that is greatly debatable, but if it is, then we have many politicians, salesmen, and even some preachers who need much counseling.  I feel that most ‘compulsive lying’ is a spiritual disorder, and sinful condition of the soul, un-redeemed, and speaking the words of the ‘father of lies’ as he and his cohorts whisper them into their minds.
 
EXCUSES FOR COMPULSIVE LYING
 
Some will give many excuses for compulsive lying.  They may say it is an ‘addiction to the thrill’, but if they tuned into the Holy Spirit, they would find that He is not thrilled. 
 
Some say they lie due to ‘fear of repercussions from the truth’.  Well, the repercussion of being a compulsive liar is found in Revelation 22, where liars and lovers of lies do not enter heaven. 
 
Some say they lie to get rewards, political office, or a sale.  The result of lying for those reasons is that the Truth, i.e. Jesus, and our Teacher of this age, i.e. the Holy Spirit of Truth, dwells with those who speak truth.
 
Some lie, they claim, due to their low self esteem.  This is a hidden pride, masquerading as humility. 
 
If the truth sets us free, then lying brings bondage.  Bondage to lying is a horrible slavery.  One lie leads to another.  Lies lead to further sins.  Lies try to cover sins, and the truth would bring revelation of many more lies than the current one.  Lovers of those who lie, are also in a bondage.  They must spend much time defending the lies of the liars for whom they vote.  That bondage of defending lies and liars is grieving to the Holy Spirit.  Some feel compelled to prove a liar, and their lies, are right.   This leads them into lies of their own, deception of their own heart, and makes it hard for the Spirit to ever shout out to them, ‘that is a lie’.  So their bondage to the lies and the liars increases.
 
HOW DO WE DEAL WITH LYING POLITICIANS?
 
First, be cautious.  Not all liars are easily identified. 
 
Second, talk with the Lord, listen to the Holy Spirit of Truth, search the Word for the truth.  This tenderness toward the Lord will make our ‘ears’ able to hear.  The healing of the ears is a needed, greatly needed, healing that many need.  The ears have heard lies, liars, in most media.  The lies have come from the books, the television, the radio, the internet, the pulpit.  And with all those lies, we need to open our ears to the Lord. 
 
Lying is serious.  We need to watch our lips so that what comes from them, is truth.  Lies have caused many an innocent person to be convicted of crimes.  Lies have caused many a saint to suffer persecution, even martyrdom.  Lying though does more harm to the liar, than the lie does to the one lied about.

Jesus is known as the 'Truth', and the more we know Him, the more we will want to tell the truth.  The Holy Spirit is called the 'Spirit of Truth', and He is making a 'comeback' into the church.
 

          

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