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Under Oath

by Robert J. Young
April 27, 2004
©, 2004, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

One can read amazing things in the newspaper. Oklahoma is considering tort-reform--changes in the law concerning lawsuits. A commission was recently convened to consider the matter and to hear testimony. The commission decided that those who testify should do so under oath. Red flag! Some of those who formerly wanted to testify before the commission balked at the idea of testifying under oath! They do not want to affirm as absolute truth that which they say.

Perhaps we would all do well to remember that everything we say is "under oath" before God. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. There is no room for "fudging the truth" just because you have not taken an oath. When we write our emails, when we speak about others, when we shade the truth, when we tell only part of the truth, when we make false accusations, when we tell the story so that it favors us, when we insinuate and leave false impressions, let us remember a simple Scriptural principle.

I call the principle the 1234 principle. It is as simple as 1-2-3-4. Our words are the overflow of our hearts. We will give account for every word we speak (or write). Our words can acquit us, our words can condemn us. Every word is in one sense "under oath." Remember the 1-2-3-4 principle--it is found in Matthew 12:34.

Perhaps if you won't say it (or write it) under oath, it should not be said (or written) at all!

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