1st Principle of Trust
Deception and lies are everywhere. The Bible says that “courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed” (Isaiah 59:14). Habitual liars have no credibility, no authority. People “will reject the truth and chase after myths” (2 Timothy 4:4). We cannot trust politicians who are obligated to campaign contributors because “a bribe makes even a righteous person twist the truth” (Exodus 23:8). A nation of false advertising and legalized deception cannot be free. Only “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The Ten Commandments say, “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (Exodus 20). Honesty is the first principle of trust.