Here are two indisputable examples with the first being lying. Lying by political leaders began when Satan tempted Eve, was amplified with the advent of politics and reached a watershed moment in the United States history with the election of Bill Clinton and his wife, the now former Secretary of State who either lied or was clueless as to the attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. It is said of Mr. Clinton by fellow Democrat Bob Kerry of Nebraska "Clinton's an unusually good liar. Unusually good." Mr. Clinton's lying career is long and deep but his infamous, while looking the American people in the eye and stating: "I did not have sex with that woman Ms. Lewinski" became the gold standard of politicians, business, entertainment, education and even some churches.
Lying has become so pervasive that it is expected in many if not most settings. But lying, because it is deception, undermines trust and open dialogue, and effective communications; is divisive and interpersonally harmful and is probably the most destructive and least effectively damned of all political activities. Its tentacles reach into every nook and cranny of public and private life. It is so destructive that it joins in the most damnable of behaviors:
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
This list is found in the Book of Revelations Chapter 21, verse 8. and even as I type this I visualize liberals' rolling their collective eyes in disdain since they reject out-of-hand anything related to Christianity although most would deny it (a deception in itself) if confronted. This is written in an effort to encourage them to repent, although their eyes are blinded and ears blocked to the truth. The spiritual and political left has abandoned any pretense of spiritual righteousness as they embrace and advance every form of evil known to mankind, from self absorption to totalitarian control. Of all religions in history Christianity is the most liberating because it is founded on God's love and truth. It is liberating in the personal sense and was the inspiration for the US Constitution that, although imperfect has withstood the test of time and has been amended from time to time to alleviate structural and societal imperfections.
The second example is selfishness. It is well known that selfishness is inherent in every baby. Normal babies want food, water, sleep and security and will do everything in their power to have them. Despite their diminutive size, they are imbued with extraordinary power to control things by the range and decibel level of the sounds that emit from their mouths. With the passage of time and unless properly cultivated, childish selfishness grows and morphs at the least, into unpleasant personality traits and, at the worse all consuming self-centered evil. "I want it my way, now! And, I will do everything in my power to have it."
Combine both those elements and you have...drum roll, enter the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. Obama professes to be a Christian...but Christians eschew lying as harmful, hurtful and destructive. In making an evaluation about lying one must make the distinction between intentional deception and mistakes. i.e. it is a lie to intentionally deceive, and a mistake to be inaccurate in an otherwise honest statement. The now infamous "you can keep your doctor...and insurance" was a series of lies because the intent was to deceive. The weapons of mass destruction claim by the Bush administration on the other hand was a mistake in light of the fact that every intelligence agency in the world, all US intelligence agencies and members of both Houses of Congress asserted that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were present in Iraq prior to the invasion. Additionally, there is evidence that WMD had been present but were spirited out of the country before the invasion, but that is not the purpose of this essay.
Islam not only condones but encourages lying to achieve goals that it espouses. In this instance, although Islam is not the source, the Affordable Care Act commonly called "Obamacare," and the plethora of other intentional deceptions foisted upon the American people by Obama and his fellow traveling acolytes are examples of programs for which lying would be justified in Islam. This is not merely a self-proclaimed Christian President who is soft on Muslims...there is plenty of evidence (for another essay) that he is a Muslim wolf in Christian sheep's clothing. His statement, "In five days we are going to fundamentally transform the United States of America!" was a deceitful statement veiled in American political lingo. Obama's intentions were and remain more far reaching than most Americans imagined.
Many assert him to be a narcissist ...and that's undoubtedly true, but in actuality he has a messianic self-image making his case of narcissism trivial. If his image were to manifest messianic qualities, it would be a time for all to rejoice...it does not. His personality, agenda and leadership steals, kills and destroys; it turns brother against brother, father against son, and mother against daughter. He is divisive, harmful, destructive, and is "fundamentally changing America." Do I dare write it? Obama is the personification of evil.