Truthfully Communicating – Jacks Value #4

(Originally written March 2005)

Value #4  – “Honest and truthful communication” – We will strive to be genuine, open, and aboveboard in all relationships. We will honestly and accurately report the facts.

Today we are able to instantly communicate across the nation or around the word. We have unlimited choices of what we see and hear. Yet, we seem more interested in fantasy than in reality, in appearance than substance, and in being entertained than being informed. Few of us are interested in seeking the truth, much less in speaking it. While many of us don’t want to lie outright, we constantly bend, stretch, embellish, distort, and twist the truth. It is common to hide poor performance, misrepresent the facts, exaggerate results, and misquote others.

William Bennett in his “Book of Virtues” reminds us of the classics on honesty: Pinocchio’s nose, George Washington’s cherry tree, and Honest Abe. Don’t we realize that sooner or later the facts will come out? People are longing to find someone who is genuine. I want to be remembered as an honest salesman, a truthful employer, leading an authentic firm. We want to train our children to speak the truth whatever it costs in money or position and to stand for the truth regardless of how few stand with us.

I must be perfectly honest with you that all of the above is so easy to proclaim but hard to do. Why do I lack the courage to challenge a co-worker or friend, why do I seek to hide my failures, when they are so obvious anyway, and why am I willing to give up my values to be accepted? The only thing that keeps me pursuing truth is the one man who never lied. Jesus said that He was the truth.

Sadly in 1992 Gallup poll, 69% of the people said they believe there are no moral absolutes. In a Barna poll, 71% of the American people said there was no such thing as absolute truth. Colson concludes, “American society is awash in relativism. The inevitable result is tyranny, drawn into the vacuum of moral chaos. When truth retreats, tyranny advance.”

Our family charitable foundation is named for John 8:32, “and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. Truth brings freedom, not captivity. The only sources of truth in our world are the person of Jesus Christ and His biography – “The Bible”. In them alone we find the reality of truth and the power to communicate it.

Seeking the Truth,

Kent

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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