An Honest Man

I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an, "Honest Man". George Washington - Moral Maxims

Wouldn't it be nice if modern day politicians held honesty in the same regard as those in olden days? It seems as if we live in an era where we have national "liar's contests" and then send the winners on all expense paid vacations to Washington D.C. (ironically named after the one who viewed the title, "honest man" as an ideal worthy of a lifetime's pursuit). It hasn't been too many years since a president had to resign in disgrace for lying to the public. Now it seems a prerequisite for holding office. Why do we vote for such people, I wonder?

I think it is because we don't hold honesty in high enough regard in our own lives. It starts innocently enough. We "lend" our homework to someone because we want to be a friend. The phone rings when we are busy, but we don't want to hurt the caller's feelings so we say, "If it's for me, tell them I'm not in". Our best friend asks us what we think of their outfit (You know the one - we're pretty sure we saw it on a clown at a circus we attended once), but we say, "It's beautiful"... and we wonder why we can't find honest people to run for public office.

Perhaps it is time for a return to honesty.You can be honest, you know, and still keep the friends that are worth having in the first place. We can raise our children with the understanding that honesty is the bare minimum policy in our house, not a virtue to be kept when convenient. We can carry integrity into our business and professional lives. I still wouldn't give two cents for a contract signed by a person who I wouldn't trust to make the same agreement on a handshake.

The point is that dishonest people are a concern, but not nearly as much of a problem as when we ourselves become dishonest. God's standard for His children is honesty all the time, not honesty when convenient. If we want to return to a world where the title "Honest Man" is among the highest to be attained, then we must return to being honest men ourselves. We cannot change the whole world, perhaps, but we can do something about our own little corner of that world. Are you... an "Honest Man"?

Lord, who may dwell in Your sanctuary? Who may live on Your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart... who keeps his oath even when it hurts... and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken. King David as recorded in Psalms 15, NIV