Mark Twain tells of the natural tendency toward deception in an article called, “My First Lie and How I Got Out of It.” He writes, “I do not remember my first lie, it is too far back; but I remember my second one very well. I was nine days old at the time, and had noticed that if a pin was sticking in me and I advertised it in the usual fashion, I was lovingly petted and coddled and pitied in a most agreeable way and got a ration between meals besides. It was human nature to want to get these riches, and I fell. I lied about the pin, advertising one when there wasn’t any. You would have done it; George Washington did it, anybody would have done it. During the first half of my life I never knew a child that was able to rise above that temptation and keep from telling that lie.”
Fortunately, there is something greater than the lies the world tells us. There is something greater, even, than the truth that we are sinful and unclean. It is this fundamental fact: that God loves us and that God has given Jesus to die for us that we might believe in God and have eternal life. Our calling in the world is to love and care for creation, to be charitable to all people, and to spread God’s word. Our greatest joys in life will come from good and godly pursuits. Our greatest freedom comes not from doing as we please, but serving as God pleases.
Your brother in Christ, Mike Simpson, Locum Vicar.