The Moment of TruthPosted: March 24, 2008
“The Moment of Truth” is a new game show on Fox which rewards its contestants by trading candor for cash. It tests a contestants answers with the aid of a polygraph and as they move from toss-ups ($10,000) like, “Have you ever cheated on your homework?” to relationship-breaking questions ($500,000) like, “Have you ever thought about leaving your wife for your secretary?” they make more and more money. Interesting concept huh? Then begs the question, when a show like this is gaining popularity, have our morals been so trashed that we have to begin rewarding people to be more honest? Sadly, the obvious answer is “yes”.
This show teaches us so much about the state of our culture. One thing this show supposes is that truth divides us. But isn’t this completely the opposite of what the Bible teaches us? Doesn’t the Bible say in Ephesians 4:25, “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another”? This is in a context where Paul’s admonishing the Ephesians to put off the old and put on the new, which includes redeemed relationships, wherein truth is to be the main currency, not lies in order to gain. But what this show is promoting & supposing is that there’s a different paradigm in this world (and sadly they’re right on). There’s a tension between lying in order to maintain relationships & telling the truth with the prospect of losing the relationship. Don’t you feel that strain sometimes? You want to tell someone something, but you fear that if they knew everything about you they may disown you as a friend. That’s where we’ve come up with phrases like “ignorance is bliss” or cute acronyms like “TMI”.
I hope we can regain the value of truth and honesty in our relationships. Because as far as I can see, a relationship should become more united as a result of truth. When the members of one body are more honest with each other, it should promote a healthier body. I propose that we bring the cool back into truth again. Anyone in?