The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Wielding truth

'Let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors ... ' (Ephesians 4:25)

I said a really stupid, impossible thing last fall during a conference address. I hadn't intended it. But caught up in my usual impetuosity, I confused some customary phrases and wound up misspeaking. I regretted it fiercely and mentally kicked myself, especially the next day when my host used that untruth to introduce me. How falsehood multiplies!

We live in a culture of fabrications, fibs, fraudulence, falsity — untruthful exaggerations, shadings, dealings, personalities. Advertisements use words such as stupendous and extraordinary to describe mere laundry soap, but what detergent actually fits those verbalizations?

The rest of this article is only available to subscribers.

text size:

this page: email | print

February issue


Embracing diversity