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A Dream: Dead Presidents And Honesty

A Dream—May 27, 2018

Dead Presidents and Honesty

 

I was at a shopping mall and was about to go down an escalator, when on its edge I found money folded inside a deposit slip.  Knowing that a bank was nearby, I turned around and headed there.  After entering the bank, I tried to get the attention of several young people who worked behind the desks, but to no avail. They were a group of casually dressed, ‘twenty-somethings’ engaged in different conversations which distracted them from their work.

Finally, I got the attention of a young man to whom I entrusted the deposit slip and money (or as we say here, ‘Dead Presidents’).  He was very surprised and asked me, “Why would you do this?”  I then responded by quoting an old and familiar saying, “Honesty is the best policy”, and then proceeded to leave.

 

Walking out of the bank, I noticed a sudden meeting among the managers who wore dark suits, talking about the deed I accomplished. I overheard one of them say, “Honesty is the best policy – James Madison said that!”   As I walked away, I knew that was not right, it wasn’t James Madison; but the dream ended.

 

James Madison (1751-1836) was the fourth President of the United States and considered one of our Founding Fathers, who was a major influence in the formation of the United States’ Constitution, which bears his signature.  But the saying “honesty is the best policy’ was not coined by him originally.

 

In waking up from this dream and thinking about the quote, I remembered being taught in school that Benjamin Franklin was known for this saying.  Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), another Founding Father of the United States, was a polymath, one whose knowledge spanned a wide range of subjects.  Among his many talents include: inventor, author, artist, scientist, printer, ambassador, educator, and the only signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States’ Constitution.  Benjamin Franklin’s portrait is seen on our $100 bill of currency.

 

Surprisingly during research, I discovered Benjamin Franklin was not the first to coin the phrase, “honesty is the best policy”.  That honor may have gone to Sir Edwin Sandys (died 1629), a prominent British politician who was one of the founding members of the Virginia Company of London, which helped establish the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, VA (1606).

“Our gross conceipts, who think honestie the best policie”

 

This Old English quote from Sandys, dates to 1599, quite a while before either Ben Franklin or James Madison came upon the scene of history.

 

Honesty is what keeps a culture alive and thriving for generations.  It is the currency of exchange between citizens.  It is the leader of this nation placing his hand upon a Bible swearing to uphold the Constitution of the United States “against all enemies, foreign or domestic,” and believing that the position he holds is not just for him alone, but for the land God has allowed him to lead.  Honesty is realizing that one plays an important part in the plan of God…be he a president, bank teller, husband, or preacher.   It is the act of giving credit where it is rightfully due.  When the truth of God does not align with what you have been taught, embrace God’s truth and discover a gift called freedom; thereby, obtaining the ability to also forgive prior generations of leaders for embracing half-truths, legends and stereotypes.

 

Honesty is what we practice with a God who is truth.  It is the fruit of our communion with one who loves us so much, that He pulls no punches when it comes to His promises and what our hearts need.  We can practice honesty with a being who knows everything about us, in spite of ourselves.  We then take this communion into our homes, communities and places of work.  We are to exchange honesty between one another.  You see, honesty is the currency that was about to go down the escalator in the dream.

 

Our culture is in a time where honesty must be retaught and we become people of integrity once more.  Even though it seems our society is going down, we will have a marvelous opportunity to see God for who He really is and for us to repent and be changed.  Repentance is not a bad word. Repentance is an invitation to become what we are really meant to be, if we would humbly turn towards the God who created us for Himself.  While in this season of little integrity, we will continue to be saddened and shocked over the revelations of dishonesty in our country. But at the other end of this season awaits a morning full of new beginnings where God and His ways will be experienced again for the first time. And as we engage in His truth He’ll release true freedom, joy and the realization that honesty really is the best policy.

Amen.

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