False witnesses

A plea for truth telling
When was the last time you heard a sermon about the Ninth Commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”? The recent congressional hearings on the use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes would certainly serve as a good sermon illustration. One the one side sat star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, who testified unequivocally, “I have never used steroids, human growth hormone, or any other type of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.” On the other side was Brian McNamee, Clemens’s former personal trainer, who stated, “I injected those drugs into the body of Roger Clemens at his direction.”

Someone must have been lying—that is, bearing false witness, damaging another’s reputation and perhaps, in this case, his ability to earn a living.

 

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