The Moment of Truth

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?


2 Comments on “The Moment of Truth”

  1. HJ says:

    cool post. i’m not much of a trend setter; but you do make a good point.

  2. rujivness says:

    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”?

    The truth a simple word yet very strong….The reason why Jesus Christ our savior died..and the truth will set you free.. yet can tear appart relationships when they haven’t been honest with themselves.
    “The moment of truth” as it’s portrayed is this program shows the audience how dishonest our culture is and how difficult is nowdays to keep truthfull and honest.

    People is getting married for different reasons, money, moral obligation, social status,etc. People are doing their jobs just because they need a paycheck not because they’re loving their duties.

    There’s only one way that can keep us appart from being dishonest and untruthfull… The one God had showed us from the very beginning by being honest and truthfull at all times at all costs, that will also imply that when we build our relationships we should build them with honesty, love and the best of our intentions.

    Why is is so difficult for people nowdays to tell the truth and being honest ? Very simple, more than ever people are thinking about themselves and their own pleassure. Selfishness is powering over love and sacrifice, the reasons that rules a christian life.

    When you tell the truth it creates the possibility for more truth around you, it takes only one lie to masterpiece a web of lies and live a lie. Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.

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