Full Disclosure

full disclosureMatthew 10:32-33 “Therefore everyone who confesses me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”

“In the interest of full disclosure…”

We sometimes hear that disclaimer in news reporting. Failure to reveal connections—whether with political candidates, lobbyists or others who may influence reporting—tarnishes the credibility of journalists who purport to be fair and unbiased.

So in the interest of full disclosure, let me say—I am a child of God. When it comes to reporting about him, there’s not an impartial bone in my body. I’m not objective. Because he is truth, he influences the way I think. Because he is love, he shows me how to relate to people. In fact, no area of my life lies untouched by him.

Although he certainly doesn’t need me to defend him, when folks distort the facts about him, my bias shows. Statements like A God of love would not have let this happen. He must not care about me. He doesn’t hear my prayers. He’s just a myth in the mind of weak people…such misreporting about his character frustrates me. It grieves me. Why? Because I know him.

In a culture where political correctness increasingly crowds out integrity, the need to unabashedly speak the truth about God could not be more important. This doesn’t mean we thump Bibles over people’s heads. We don’t have to. We simply, boldly, disclose his nature through our words as well as our actions.

Those in the news/political world who fail to disclose their associations usually hide them because they’re afraid they won’t be taken seriously or their opinions won’t be accepted. Ironically, the lack of transparency damages them more than if they had been upfront in the first place. We could learn a lesson there.

Let’s not be afraid …or reserved…or ashamed …about who and whose we are. No relationship in life carries significance like the one we have with our Father. Those we live with, work with, pray with, in fact everyone in our sphere, needs to know about it. Someone’s eternal destiny (including our own) may rest on our…

Full disclosure.

 

 

 

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