Sir Walter Scott 1771-1882

Sir Walter Scott 1771-1832 Scottish Poet

Several English sayings come to my mind with regard to Ryan Lochte’s deplorable behavior in Rio de Janeiro.  Ryan Lochte was an American Olympic swimmer on the same team with the legendary world-class swimmer Michael Phelps; however, Ryan Lochte will not be remembered for swimming, but for lying.  This is a very sad day for Ryan Lochte, because he has disgraced himself.  Part of his problem is that he did not readily acknowledge that he was lying about his fabricated story about being robbed at gunpoint. It was a totally made-up story to try to cover up his irresponsible drinking and vandalism. It is so ridiculous that it would be quite funny if it were not so sad. A decorated Olympic athlete acting in such a way.

So what is the take-away from this sad story?

Oh yes, back to the famous sayings that come to my mind:

Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive. ~ Sir Walter Scott

Question: What do you think that saying means?  It comes from a longer poem called Marmion.

These words of wisdom are from the Bible:

Your sins will find you out. Numbers 32:23

Question: What do you think the saying “your sins will find you out” means?  Ryan Lochte is a perfect example of this.  Ultimately, what he was seeking to hide was clearly revealed.

Is it true that the word in Chinese for “sin” and “crime” are the same word?  In English these two words have a different meaning.  A “crime” is what you do when you disobey the law of the land (your country, your province, your city, etc).  A “sin” is what you do when you disobey God.  Some people consider “sin” just a mistake, but the problem with that thinking is that it doesn’t recognize that we as humans struggle with more than just making a mistake.  We struggle with our very nature having a propensity to sin or to want to have it “our way”.  Sometimes people are so arrogant or prideful that they will never even admit that they have sinned.  For example, Ryan Lochte did not technically commit a crime by lying and he did not make a mistake.  He intentionally did not tell the truth.  He had a choice and he chose to lie and then he had every opportunity to tell the truth and he continued to lie.

The Bible speaks very clearly about lying.  It is even one of The Ten Commandments “Do not lie.” along with “Do not murder.”  “Do not steal.”  But there are others “Do not covet” which means to not envy or be jealous of what another person owns.  It means to be content with what you have, rather than always wanting more and more and more which will not satisfy.

Always be truthful even when the truth hurts.  Ryan Lochte certainly wishes he could turn back the hands of time, but we all know that we can never do that so it is extremely important to make a decision in your heart to be truthful.  This is a decision you make not only in your mind, but also in your heart and soul.  When given the opportunity to tell the truth or to lie, always speak the truth.  Another saying that comes to mind is:

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. ~ Mark Twain

God bless you and may we understand that our actions reveal our hearts ~ the center of who we are.

Word List:
deplorable – deserving strong condemnation
fabricated – invent a story with the intent to deceive
vandalism – deliberate destruction of property
covet – the unhealthy desire to possess something that someone else owns

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