Is it okay to be a hypocrite? Should ideas be looked at microscopically instead of generally? Should I be asking rhetorical questions? Consistency doesn’t always mean you are honest. When new information presents itself then your opinion should change. This culture preaches that it is more important to be consistent instead of truthful.
Romans 3:8-9 (NASB):
“And why no say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), ‘Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just. What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;”
I quoted this verse cause many of us have a wrongful notion. This notion is that because our goals are righteous then our sins are justified. This logical fallacy is all too common. Using a lie to accomplish a truth is evil. If the consequence of sin is death, then why do we want to sin? This justification helps us stay in the darkness, so the Light doesn’t expose our sin. Making something a “righteous sin” is easier to deal with then an actual sin.
People many times value their credibility higher then the truth. A credible person fights against an idea regardless of what new information is presented. An honest person changes their opinion and their judgement when their narrative is countered. People vote for credible politicians instead of honest ones. Honesty gets manipulated by the opposition as a form of weakness. That is far from the truth.
Proverbs 20:17 (NASB):
“Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.”
If you make cause with a lie eventually you would defend it. You see this concept playing out in the media. You start saying to yourself maybe this story is possible. Eventually that maybe turns into “your truth.” Any abstract evidence unrelated to the topic becomes your truth. When you think the message is more important than the truth you are automatically not following God’s truth.