Our Culture of Lies

As I have looked at what is going on in America for the last few years, it is apparent that the foundation of our culture has increasingly become one based on lies. And a decision by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday was, for me, the final brick in that foundation. A nation resting on such a foundation will fall as surely as the wall upon which Humpty Dumpty thought he sat securely fell.

The conclusion that ours is a culture of lies is not hard to reach. Consider these news events.

First, there is Benghazi-gate and IRS-gate. They are just two of the “scandals” rocking American politics for which lies and deception are a central part.

Then this week, “establishment Republicans” in Mississippi recruited Democrats to vote in a Republican primary, which is nothing more than a political party urging people to lie about their partisan loyalties. Not only were many Democrats apparently willing to act on that lie, some were even willing to admit publicly that they did so.

Last week, a study by researchers Cheol Liu from the City University of Hong Kong and Indiana University’s John L. Mikesell was released about the most corrupt states in America. Tennessee ranked third, trailing only Mississippi and Louisiana.

But the decision Wednesday by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the U.S. Constitution required states to allow two people of the same sex to marry was the final straw in the final brick for me.

The court acknowledged that all previous holdings by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding marriage as a fundamental right assumed that marriage was between two people of the opposite sex.

Then, the court ignored those precedents and said that the definition of marriage had to include two people of the same sex.  After multiple readings of the court’s opinion, I never found how the court did define marriage.

To say marriage is a fundamental right but not have the integrity to actually define what it is, is at the least disingenuous and that’s a nice word for dishonest.

Then to conclude its opinion with a denial that polygamous marriages or incestuous marriages will not necessarily have to be constitutionally protected is also dishonest. No other result could be possible if the court won’t define what marriage is. Therefore, anyone can provide his or her own definition.

But that’s not the final lie about marriage. Earlier this week it was reported that Masha Gessen, the leading proponent of gay rights in Russia, spoke at one of the State Department’s Gay Pride events. You won’t believe what Gessen said in 2012:

“Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change, and again, I don’t think it should exist.”

There you have it—let’s lie one step at a time to get to where we want to go.

People have always lied and always will. We should expect that. But when it becomes the mark of the culture, it is quite another thing. In that regard, at least, those who profess to be Christians should pay heed to what the Prophet Jeremiah said:

“Like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil . . .” says the LORD. Everyone take heed to his neighbor, and do not trust any brother. . . . They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves to commit iniquity. Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit (Jeremiah 9:3-6 NKJV).”

I fear we have become like this ancient culture of old. And unless we repent, the consequences of our culture may be like theirs, too.


David Fowler served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President in 2006. Read David’s complete bio.

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