How Sweet Can a Lie Be?

“You can believe in whatsoever you like, but the truth remains the truth, no matter how sweet the lie may taste.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Media has been part of our daily lives. Almost everything here on earth (and out of this world) can be seen and heard in social media, television and radio. But have you ever pondered how much of what we see and hear are true? How many are noble in their intention to share? Are we smart enough to differentiate the truth and the lies, instantly delivered to us through media?

Have you ever heard the cliche, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? We cannot understand a book if we only look at the cover. We understand a book by reading it with comprehension. Likewise, we cannot see the true meaning when we don’t stop for awhile and analyze. Almost everything here on earth is covered, sugar-coated. We cannot delineate the whole truth by only seeing the cover. Even lies are sugarcoated and covered by colorful words, sequined clothes, cool dance steps, instant breakthroughs and melodic songs. Sins are sugarcoated by “the world so-called love, faith and knowledge.”

What I am trying to say is our world is full of sugarcoated sins and lies. And the hard fact is we never realized that we are bombarded by lies. Michael Bassey Johnson was right when he said that the truth will always be the truth, even how sweet a lie may taste. And if I may add, the truth remains the truth even it is not popular. Truth is never popular, lies are.

Have you recently watched a music video of a pop singer (no need to name one) with those “booties twerking”? Or have you heard a song with this beautiful melody and catchy chorus, only to find out it is about alcohol and drugs? Or have you read a Y.A. novel where teenagers had a premarital sex just because they are “in love”? Well, those are popular these days.

No, I am not righteous. I also have watched, read, heard those which I mentioned. The difference is I analyze. I always analyze (most of the time over-analyzed). However, it always left me thinking, how about others, are they analyzing things? Can they differentiate the truth and the lies? I hope… Yes!

-Reflection while I was all by myself at home last August 9.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

-Philippians 4:8 (NIV)


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