Honesty as a Mask

Yon Maryono By Yon Maryono, 26th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This statement explains that it is important to be honest.. If you are honest, your character will always shine through.

Honesty as a Mask

Honesty as a Mask
By: Yon Maryono
Theoretically, Honesty is valued in many ethnic and religious cultures that means the quality of being fair and truthful (an encyclopedia Britannica). It refers to a facet of moral character, positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness, in company with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. In the Bible, there is a command of the Lord: let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation (James 5:12). In this term, honesty is expressed in the message: Do not pretend to say yea with your lips, and annul it in your heart; let the yea or the nay which you express be bona fide such. The honesty comes from the heart as a center of intellectual and emotion that fear The Lord. And believer should act consistently, not temporary.
Many people, who ever their religion, claim to fear or love God; however some of them may keep away from God’s command in their life. They have not servant the truth of God. In practice, we often hear a critique: What he said having contradiction with what he done. This is a form of "honesty as a mask". The word of mask, “Masque” 1530’s come from Middle French. It is a tool covering to hide or guard the face as a symbolic of human character. In this article, the character means to look to be honest outwardly, factually having a lot of personal interest that may base on self or group –righteousness, not based on the truth of God. This honesty is namely pseudo honesty that used to deceive and only a mask to cover up a lie
Are we going to wear a mask in the presence of God? God already knows that we are not honest in His presence.
When we read corruption perception index by Transparency International, what does a number of corruption index mean to you? If the country put in lower level of corruption index, in my opinion, dishonesty may be almost everywhere especially in term of public services such as Government procurement (mark up), obtaining a business license, selection of civil servant etc. Ironically, if someone tries to be honest in his job, he really faces a lot of the challenges. An acting on behalf of honesty has been considered an enemy, or to be a cruel. He may be isolated from the environment, and some cases will have difficulty to get promotion. Finally, the honesty can not stand at the truth. This situation may reverse an opinion that honesty will hurt you. This is very worrying.
In the dishonest environment is actually giving a chance to practice honesty. The character of honesty is not like finished goods, it must be trained to carry out the truth of God. Therefore, let’s do not be afraid being honest! Do not be afraid assessed by dishonest environment, because behind us God Almighty. A living in honesty actually will glorify God and be a blessing others


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