Matthew 5:33 “And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. 34 You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. 35 36 37 Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.
In the people pleasing procession we find ourselves parading in at times, it’s easy to fall into the habit of saying what is expected or what is PC (Politically Correct) or even more accurately, what is religiously correct. Christ encourages the day we answer questions honestly. Take as an example the question, how are you doing? There as those who feel less spiritual to say, not good or it’s been a rough day. Christ says, say what you mean and mean what you say. This new way of living is outlandish, and this is one of the reasons why. Tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth at all times.