Sound-Bite Political Advertising

I absolutely detest it.

When candidates and their parties lift sequences of their opponents’ public speeches and comments completely out of context in order to attach some new, radical and disfavorable meaning to them, it is disingenuous, dishonorable, and dishonest.

It is a lie. The truth is not in it.

And it just further contributes to the culture of permissible lying-by-surgical-excision, even in what is called Christianity -but cannot be true Christlikeness.

If you lie about what others have said in order to bolster your point of view and discredit a candidate or policy, it is as surely distasteful to God as if you had done it to His Word. If you pass on a lie that is original with someone else, you are lying – whether in person, by e-mail, YouTube or international television. Politics does not excuse fraudulence. Not even “being right” can mitigate “being caught in a sin” when you lie.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. ~ Galatians 6:7-8

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5 thoughts on “Sound-Bite Political Advertising

  1. I posted about this after the debate. It drives me insane to see both candidates do it and both V.P. nominees do it in order to make the other side look bad through half truths (which are no truth at all), out of context statements, and to say they voted against something when that might have been one component in 30 or 100 in an all around terrible bill. Where are the honest people? Palin is a fresh face but she is doing it too.

  2. I remember as a kid my parents muting the TV when those commercials came on. My dad had interesting…uh…terminology to describe what the candidates were doing in those commercials. That has always stuck with me. I follow suit as often as possible. I think people are so engaged when they see the real deal. They seem to hunger for honesty and a lack of double talk and lies. I know I do.

  3. Keith,Wonderful post.I believe that in our society even now among Christians that lying isn’t a big deal. I am starting to get sick of all the political ads because you never know what is truth or a lie. The problem with lying is it becomes addictive. It grows like a cancer. It effect peoples trust in others. As believers we need to be people of integrity. Believers need to be honest with God, themselves and with others. I want thank you for dealing with this subject. I have also enjoyed all the others comments. Keep up the fantastic job you do with your ministry. You are making a kingdom difference. I know you have at least in my life. Thank you for being not only my brother in Christ, a fellow blog and friend. I appreciate your encouragement it has helped me get through so extremely rough times in my life. God bless all you do and never forget especailly when Satan is sending you doubts and trying to discourage you that you are making a Kingdom difference in the lives of so many especially mine. Thank you for sticking with this blog. Keep up the great work and hope you have a wonderful week. If you every need anything else besides prayers let us know. I hope you and your family have wonderful week.

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