I read an article recently about how phone scammers are trying a new tactic on unsuspecting victims. They are calling and telling the person who answers that their friend/family member has been in a serious accident. Of course, when the person hears this, panic arises. During this vulnerable moment, the spammer makes his move. He tells the person that he needs money for this friend/family member who has been injured.
Many will see the scam for what it is, but sadly, many will also fall for this deception.
This is wrong on so many levels: cruelty, callousness, hatefulness, and insensitivity to name a few.
It’s also dishonest.
Dishonest in that it’s a lie – the person’s friend/family didn’t really have an accident. The spammer doesn’t even know anyone related to the person whom he called.
Dishonest in that if the spammer does succeed in retrieving a bank account number/credit card number/ cash amount wired, they are doing it under false pretenses. Such action will likely destroy the victim’s credit in the way of identity theft and loss of life savings.
The above was an extreme example. But what about everyday dishonesty?
Dishonesty about another person, sometimes otherwise known as gossip (for additional info, see The Importance of Avoiding the Gossip Trap);
Dishonesty in attempting to escape consequences for behavior (“Wow, Officer, my speedometer said I was going 35, not 55”; or, “No, You’re Honor. I had no idea I stole someone’s wallet”).
Dishonesty when completing a job resume;
Dishonesty to avoid conflict;
Dishonesty when participating in sports;
Dishonesty about money earned on taxes;
Dishonesty about calling into work sick when you’re really not;
Dishonesty during a doctor’s appointment – or at the dentist (well, yes, of course, I floss after each meal!).
And on it goes.
So what’s the big deal about dishonesty, and why should it matter?
Here’s what the Bible has to say about it:
Do not lie to one another… ~ Colossians 3:9
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.~ Exodus 20:16
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord…~ Proverbs 12:22
Even though it can be difficult at times, we need to, with the help of the Holy Spirit, seek to walk in integrity and honesty.