It's one of the first rules we learn in life. Tell the truth. Don't lie. Be honest. Some of the other commandments may be difficult for us to comprehend when we are young, but we understand this one the first time we get caught with our hand in the cookie jar and have to admit it. Be honest.
As we mature, we learn that being honest is more than telling the truth and not speaking falsehoods. We learn that we can deceive without lying. We discover that we can mislead others to our advantage without saying anything demonstrably false. And we learn that this second type of dishonesty is worse than the first.
We also come to appreciate another type of truth, the truth of Jesus Christ. We learn that the truth of Jesus Christ is truer than any other truth. The story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection is the foundation of our lives, in this world and in the world to come. Sometimes we quarrel over the truth when the issue is too small to matter. Not so with Jesus Christ. The truth of Jesus is the most important truth there is.
In our message this Sunday we will be looking at the topic of honesty, which is one of the core values of Integrity Church. We will be talking about the importance of speaking the truth and avoiding deception. We will be affirming our faith in the truth of Jesus Christ.