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|The Danger of Believing a Lie||
Recently, I almost put my life at serious risk. I was turning left at an intersection because the stoplight gave me a green arrow. As I pulled out in front of oncoming traffic, the driver of the lead car slammed on his brakes, stopping just in time to avoid a collision. I looked up at his light and it was indeed red. But I thought, "What if his light had been green, even while I had a green left-turn arrow?" I would have believed a lie, thinking I could safely turn, and blindly turned into oncoming traffic.
That's when I realized this profound truth: When we believe a lie as if it's the truth, the result is at the very least dangerous and could be deadly.
Many people in our world are deceived, believing in lies as if they were truths. It is plain to the world that North Korea's Kim Jong Il presides over his merciless dictatorship with lies, but many starving peasants, no doubt, go to their graves believing in the Communist idealism their political leaders peddle. Countless Muslims give up their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, following a manipulated religious doctrine preached by spiritually blind religious leaders. In our own country, a Gallup Poll revealed that almost one out five people believe that President Bush did not truly win the 2004 election. Many outspoken entertainers and some influential members of the major media prop up this ridiculous belief.
When these lies are believed, destruction follows. North Koreans needlessly suffer and neighboring nations worry about a nuclear threat. The violence in the Middle East perpetuates. America's people remain bitterly divided.
We must understand that real freedom can only be experienced when individuals understand that "freedom" is not only a political posture, but a personal responsibility. Every person must exhibit self-control. Each human life must be valued. The rights of one person must not be sacrificed for the choices of another. Ideas must be exchanged and debated, and truth upheld.
President Bush ends his speeches with the phrase, "God bless America." I wish he would add, "And may God continue to bless other nations through America!"
Our Constitution pins the will of the people to the rule of law. The Bill of Rights legislates morality in order to protect the innocent from "democratic" mob rule. Truth is written out in order to restrain those who believe in lies, even when they are in the majority. But true freedom comes when such laws are written on the hearts of men, not just on legal paper.
America's mission must be to sow truth into the lives of people so that freedom has the opportunity to grow. We must hope, and even pray, for real freedom -- both political and personal -- to take root around the world.