Matthew 5:37 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
If you aren’t already following Vox Day’s blog I highly suggest that you do. This is a passage he often brings up.
There are signs all around us that western civilization is crumbling. Much of it has to do with the removal of Christianity from the equation, one of the three main pillars of western civilization. I could be wrong, but in no other major religion is it explicitly stated to always tell the truth. This is a distinctly Christian value. There are exceptions where one can lie in Judaism, and lying is explicitly allowed in Islam as well. Contrary to what many may think, telling the truth is not a self-evident virtue. Nor is it part of Judeo-Christian morality, as this is a made up term and does not exist.
There may be no more telling evidence of how important Christianity is to western civilization than this. We see it every day, notably in politics and science. And the more people accept and rationalize that it is okay to lie, and the more that it is done and allowed to be done without any repercussions, the worse it will continue to get.
Take politics. There are very few people left in politics that one can say are truly Christian. Combine this with a population that is becoming less Christian and you have a recipe for disaster. Lying becomes normalized. It becomes accepted. Tolerated. To the point where it becomes more surprising when someone is actually punished for lying than the other way around. How many people have lied under oath and had no repercussions? Who knows how many times Hillary Clinton has lied under oath. The Benghazi fiasco is just one of probably many. Swamp creature James Brennan lied under oath about the NSA spying on Americans. The depths of lying under oath for the Hillary Clinton email scandal and Russia scandal witch hunt, with any luck, will all come out some day. Lying has become normalized and expected. And there are very few, if any, Christians left in Congress to stand up for the truth and enact punishments for these people who have committed perjury and often times treason. No good Christian would lie under oath. And anything goes for all of these non-Christians who are under oath and are lying outright. Why not, if you think you can get away with it and see no other higher reason to tell the truth?
You see the same in the science community as well. Scientific study was funded by churches early on, and many scientists were Christian. Somehow throughout the years Christianity has been stigmatized in the science world, and Christians have been ridiculed and driven out in many disciplines. Is it any surprise that science has a reproducibility crisis? Even in the hard sciences! When there is no greater purpose to tell the truth, to let your yes be yes and your no be no, anything can be rationalized. When you tell yourself everything is subjective, that there is no objective truth, anything can be allowed. “Oh, I need to fudge these numbers, or omit this piece of data that would refute my work, or I wouldn’t get the funding I need.” Or lying to protect one’s life’s work, even if it is demonstrably false.
These are just two of many examples. Humans are not inherently wired to tell the truth regardless of the situation. It would do western civilization a world of good, and its very survival depends upon, restoring the pillar of Christianity to it. To bring back Christian morals. To let your yes be yes and your no be no, as Jesus Christ taught.