What was he thinking?
That’s what came to mind when I learned of Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte’s, infamous “over-exaggeration” concerning his being robbed in Rio.
In the newest issue of People, we read of Lochte:
"I feel bad that I have let people down. . . . I made things up," he says. "I didn't tell the truth. And that's on me. I messed up, and made a big mistake, and I'm sorry."
The cynical among us aver that he’s “sorry” only because his little lie cost him big money.
But maybe his sorrow is genuine. Maybe—for reasons unknown—he panicked, got caught up in things, and didn’t see a clear way out. Oh, what a tangled web we weave…
The fact is we can’t know his heart and mind then or now.
Having said that…
Lochte’s losing four major endorsements (Speedo, Ralph Lauren, Airweave and Gentle Hair Removal) raises another question.
Isn’t it strange how lying costs some people (Olympians) more than others (politicians)?
I suppose the lowest of expectations pertaining to all things political is understandable. But still…we withdraw endorsements from the liars who would entertain us but not from the ones who would rule us?
Our moral outrage is a bit wonky.
But Jesus calls us to follow a different path. He wants us to walk with Him in the Way of integrity. He teaches His followers: “All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37).
We don’t need to lie or pretend or manipulate. We don’t need to try to impress or play word games—just speak the truth forthrightly and lovingly.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
What are you full of today? Careful now…your mouth will tell on you.