Liars’ Language of Lies

Even people who contend for the truth often get caught in a web of language lies.  For example, they will often say something like this:

“I know it’s not politically correct to say this, but two men are not designed to have sex with each other, so they can’t get married.”

The picture is correct (two men are not designed to have sex), but the frame lies.  The true statement is framed as being “not politically correct” or “not … correct.”  Why do we put that frame around a true statement?

Is it politically correct to say that two men can get married?  No.  It is politically radical to say that.  Saying that two men can get married is a radical departure from what is and always has been.

The phrase “politically correct” itself is a lie.  What does politics have to do with correctness?  Nothing.  Politics do not determine what is correct.  The truth is objectively true.  Politics are irrelevant to the truth.  The very phrase “politically correct” assumes a totalitarian world where man and his will to power are the measure of truth.

Unfortunately, liars are making our language turbid through their constant use of lying words and phrases.  They put euphemisms on every evil thing, and after a while “war” does start to sound like “peace.”  (1984).

When we use their words, we participate in their lies.

Jesus said it best:

“When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

— John 8:44, NIV1978.

“Be serious!  Be alert!”  (1 Peter 5:8, HCSB).  Test “everything; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, ESV).


3 thoughts on “Liars’ Language of Lies

  1. I was with you until you asserted the objectivity of “truth”. Truth is entirely personal and subjective, based on and permanently biased by your own individual experience. Your truth isn’t my truth, and can’t ever be, no matter how many things we may choose to agree on.

    Facts, on the other hand, are objective. They are what they are, and there’s no other way for them to be – even though we will still see and interpret their significance according to our own truth.

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