Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Truth or Hypocrisy?

During the holiday season we bought some eggnog which was advertised as made with nonfat milk.  While we were drinking it, we read the ingredient list.  Sure enough, nonfat milk was the first ingredient, but cream was the second!  Advertising can be honest (yes, it was made with nonfat milk), while also deceitful.  Another time we bought Raspberry Juice only to see the first ingredient was apple juice--though somewhere down on the ingredient list there were raspberries. 
Hypocrisy is rampant in advertising, except in television commercials for medicines.  These commercials tell how the medicines will cure your minor ailments such as restless leg syndrome, heartburn, or a cough, but if you experience any side effects such as rashes, dizziness, fainting spells, or shortness of breath, contact your doctor immediately as you may be at risk for tuberculosis, stroke, paralysis, or death.  However, the medicine is guaranteed to heal your cough within 24 hours.

I and many others would certainly prefer to drink the creamy non-fat eggnog and watered-down raspberry juice over taking honest medicines which we know could kill us.  Unfortunately for us, many politicians have noticed this trend.

People like to be told what they want is good for them, whether it's eggnog or government handouts.  Consequently, most often a politician would have a better chance of winning if he dished out empty promises and told the people life will be easy.  If a candidate told the voters the cold hard truth about the problems this country faces and the measures that would need to be taken to solve them, chances are he would not be elected.  People do not like to hear the truth when it is unpleasant.

When you vote, don't just read the front page where the candidates tell you what they want you  to hear.  Take a look at the ingredient list--their voting record, the books they've written, and their lives.  Make sure you know what you're voting for.

Most importantly, embrace truth in your own life.  Only say things you mean.  Don't waste time ignoring or avoiding your problems, acknowledge them and face them.  Read the Bible and know Jesus who is "the way, the truth, and the life."

The truth must be heard.  If a problem is never acknowledged it can never be solved.  As the Bible says, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

2 comments:

  1. Awesome insight! Thank you for sharing and for the encouragement.

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  2. Thank you Gabriela! :) Always love reading your blog!

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