Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace – in peace because they trust in you.
Trust in the LORD forever … He has brought low the inhabitants of the height; the lofty city He lays low.
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This passage is from Judah’s Song of Victory. It is a song celebrating God’s defense of Jerusalem and God’s defeat of its enemies.
In a verse prior to the one above (Is 26:2) we read that a secure and righteous nation (city or land) is one that keeps faith and from that, as the above verse says: peace resides because of that faith, that trust in God.
It is no less true today than it was with Isaiah.
To be well as a person or a people – to know peace and be secure as a person or a nation, we must trust in God and live in God’s ways.
The troublesome events of our day (Benghazi, the IRS attacks on free speech and the Justice Department’s secret subpoenas of the press) are dangerous signs of distrust.
Trust is critical to relationships. No trust, no relationship. Trust is critical to a free society. No trust, no free society. Trust is critical to peace. No trust, no peace.
Nothing destroys trust, or relationships, or a free society, or peace – like lying.
It is a grave sign that we see in the Executive Branch’s handling of the Benghazi attacks and killings – multiple renditions of an “explanation” that excised what was true in favor of what was not true; and, that this process involved representatives of the Secretary of State, the Director of the CIA, and the White House and subsequently the President and the Secretary of State and those who spoke publicly and internationally for them.
Likewise the words of the Attorney General and the Acting Director of the IRS as to matters of attacking free speech of American citizens and the press show themselves to be less than truthful.
Psychotherapists understand lies to be indication of serious personal disorder.
Some very respected psychotherapists see lying as evil – an act of anniliation that destroys the Spirit, kills the soul.
Lying, for sure, is corrosive and NOT the action of a healthy, mature, stable person or organization. Public lying is particularly serious for those who are untrue on a grand and public scale are showing signs of habit, a life of routine disorder, of who they actually are – yes, they show themselves evil.
Lying by people with access to power who are charged with leading and protecting the nation is a grave risk to all of us.
While I take no delight in focusing on politics, when our souls and our heritage of freedom are put to serious risk by the conduct of those who have been placed in leadership positions - something must be said … and something very decisive must be done to salvage truth and trust. The stakes are high.
A healthy life, peace, security, relationship, freedom and a free society cannot be realized without trust and trust demands truth. Lying is the face of evil, a deep and disordered state. Nothing but disaster and death flows from evil.
It is time for those who lied, when called to lead, to depart. A mature, healthy and contrite person would do nothing less.
We are all being tested in this present moment. Live in truth and realize trust. Let faith flourish and God be at the center. There is no other option.
Prayer Request - Please remember in your prayer my friend Phyllis who is tending to her 93 year old mother whose health seems to be waning. These are hard times for each of us, as you well know. Prayers help.