For your ways are in full view of the LORD,
and he examines all your paths.Prov 5:21
Yesterday I bought a little blue Ranger from a private party.
The seller said, “I want to help you with your taxes.”
I said, “That would be nice.”
He said, “Write on the bill of sale [only] $1000.”
Then he told me how our state licensing laws are so unfair and how much money I could save by changing the true figure.
I hesitated, “Honestly, I’d need to think about that.” I finally answered; “I don’t think my conscience would let me do that.”
Half a dozen thoughts filled those moments of hesitation:
“I’d love to save hundreds of dollars.”
“And who would care?”
“Lying is easier than laboring for change in the political system?”
“Who would know, anyway?”
“O, Yes! There is One who watches me right now! And there is a day of accounting.”
“Could I float a good defense for lying on The Great Day, The Day when each one will give report before the Throne ?”
Do you ever have moments, like me, of hesitation and wrestling with the compromise option? What do you do when justifications seem so handy, and who would know anyway?
“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”Ecces. 12:14
“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” Rom 14:12
“I say to you, that every careless word men shall speak, they shall give account of on the day of judgment.” Matt 12:36
Steven C Johnson