Jesus said: "Do not make any vows…" Let your yes, be a simple yes, and your no a simple no. I don’t know about you, but with an election just a couple of weeks a way I am up to my neck in political promises. Having lived through a few of these seasons I have learned that while political promises are not technically lies, they certainly should carry a big disclaimer. I will cut taxes! [if all of the economic conditions at the time that I begin to call for tax cuts are good and the Congress goes along with me...] I will keep America safe from terrorist attack! [unless some terrorists attack us...] "Read my lips, no new taxes…" You get the idea.
Followers of Jesus should do what they say, and say what they do. If you don’t know for sure, then don’t commit. I think Jesus calls for us to be the ultimate "straight talkers." Whether we are Charlie, the lawyer, or Lance, the pastor, or Joe, the plumber. No need to add some extra juice to our speech. No, I pinky swear, I will pay you back on Friday. You can count on me to be there to help you move on Saturday, I’ll be there in the morning.
Wouldn’t it be great if Christians were known for the integrity of their word? We have two Christian candidates running for President, each of whom have called the other a liar! Can that possibly be the truth?