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The movie The King’s Speech does an excellent job telling the story of King George VI and how his stammer impacted his ability to provide public speeches. During one scene, King George VI and his family are watching footage of Adolf Hitler giving a speech to a German crowd. One of the king’s children asks what Adolf Hitler is saying and he responds by saying, “I don’t know…but he seems to be saying it rather well.”
This clip is an excellent reminder that just because somebody is saying something really well, it doesn’t mean that what they are saying is good or true. Just because it’s spoken with emphasis and may appear believable, it doesn’t mean it should be believed.
The Apostle Paul addresses this principle in Ephesians 4:14-15 which reads, We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
READING & PRAYERS:
Do you take opportunity to think about the voices you hear every day and whether they are true, or if they are lies so clever they sound like the truth?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I recognize that I am surrounded by voices every day. Friends, parents, colleagues, actors, authors, and even the music I listen to — all of them are communicating hundreds of ideas to me each and every day. Help me to discern which voices are true, and which ones are clever lies that may sound good, but will ultimately lead me to a lack of unity with You and others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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