Saturday, October 31, 2009

Is Honesty The Best Policy?

I have found that being honest and transparent can be dangerous. I have also found that it can lead to transformation and change. Let me be honest. I went to my very first AA meeting last night. I was blown away by how honest, transparent, real and raw the people were. Try telling someone who believes in AA and has seen it change their life and the lives of others that honesty is NOT the best policy. Go to an AA meeting if you want to experience an extra large dose of honesty. I pray that God brings me to the point in my life that I can be half as honest as the people I met last night at my first AA meeting.

Try being honest with others. Look in the mirror and try being honest with yourself. Do I always do a great job in the "Honesty is the Best Policy" department? Nope.

So what do you think? Is "Honest The Best Policy" in all that we do and say?

If you'd like to see an extremely honest and transparent TV commercial watch the clip below.

Honesty is the Best Policy... from John on Vimeo.

 22-24Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. (James 1:23-24, The Message)

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  1. I think you're really asking, "Is full disclosure the best policy?" There are plenty of times when full disclosure isn't appropriate. The problem is that in such situations, many people opt for lies to avoid the discomfort of saying, "I'm not going to share that with you." However much we reveal is honesty as long as it doesn't deceive.

    But the question you asked is, "Is Honesty The Best Policy?" Who is it that would mislead you, or under what circumstances would you be deceived, and you'd be okay with it? There are people I love who would disagree with me, but I'm hard pressed to come up with a situation when deception is a good idea. The devil is the father of lies (John 8:44). Jesus is Truth (John 14:6). Freedom comes by Truth (John 8:32).

    That video clip? Honest enough, and I appreciate that. But did it do justice to the human dignity every person has? I'm okay with, "this is how it is," as long as someone else affirms "this isn't how it needs to stay."

    Stay with it, Mike. You're on the right path.

  2. I've been asking the same question.

  3. Honesty with self is the first step ... and it's a big step.