Dishonesty’s 10 Dirty Downers

1) Dishonesty does not change reality. What is, is. What isn’t, isn’t. Calling an elephant a “cow” does not make it one.

2) Dishonesty destroys your view of reality leading to frequent self-deception and denial. A dishonest person confuses his lies with reality.

3) Dishonesty demolishes relationships by killing trust. If you can’t trust yourself to be honest, how can you trust anybody else? And how can they trust you?

4) Dishonesty is a never-ending treadmill — one cover-up after another. As one lie cracks or falls apart, you feel the need to shore it up with another lie.

5) Dishonesty delivers guilt and anxiety. Most people have a conscience that tells them that lying is wrong. When we violate our conscience, guilt and shame are the natural results.

6) Dishonesty deletes self-esteem. Who likes a known liar? Maybe everybody else believes you when you lie, but you still know you are a liar. There goes your self-respect.

7) A dishonest person has to remember the details of which lie he told which person. All an honest person has to do is to remember the details of what really happened.

8) Dishonesty is the ultimate censorship.  It censors reality and keeps you from the benefits of exposure to truth.

9) Dishonesty is cowardice. It is driven by the fear of facing consequences. Dishonesty is the lack of courage to be true to yourself and to reality.

10) Dishonesty is hate speech.  It spews out prejudice against truth.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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