An epidemic of dishonesty is spreading from the boardroom to the halls of state, to the classroom and the bedroom.
Since the fall, the entire human race has struggled with prevarication, myself included. I told some whoppers from my earliest years, like when I told some kids my father was a Texas Ranger. But I’ve never been very good at convincing others when I stretch the truth. Now, a new study explains inability to convince someone else of a non-reality—even when I want to.
An article on msnbc.com entitled "people in power make better liars, study shows” discusses findings of a Columbia Business School study: dishonesty comes more easily to those at the top. Maybe that’s why many get to the top.
The issue of integrity is at the heart of the predicaments people at the top find themselves in. An organization’s health often hinges on the trustworthiness of its leaders, ethics experts say.
I wish this didn’t apply to Christians or even churches, but experience tells me otherwise. We all have a problem with the truth at times. And it hurts everyone, including the liar in the long run. It may get you to the top faster, but the bottom can come at light speed. Ask Bernie Madoff, Jeffery Skilling, Bernie Ebbers, John Edwards, Martha Stewart or Tiger Woods.
Thank goodness there is one place where truth prevails: God’s Kingdom. We have a God with a solid grasp on reality. And he never holds back the truth, unpleasing as it may sound to those of us who want to create our own reality.