Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)
Some years ago, I read an article in one of my church’s periodicals about a woman whose care had been stolen. When praying about this issue, it came to her that the Ten Commandments were not just rules, they were God’s Laws. They were not just to be obeyed, they actually could not—in God’s Kingdom—be violated.
Here are a few excerpts from the article, God's Law Cannot Be Broken.
“Yet God, who is divine Love, could not give commands that are incapable of being obeyed. If we find them difficult to obey, we have evidently not understood the divine facts underlying them.
“A student of Christian Science is grateful for the inspiration she has derived from the Ten Commandments. At one time she found that her car, which had been parked in the town center, was missing. She made the usual inquiries of the police. The suggestion was that the commandment, "Thou shalt not steal,"5 had been disobeyed. She then found herself declaring, "There is no evil mind to break the commandments." With this truth came peace of mind, a sense of assurance, and a certainty that all was well.
“The next day the student was guided to walk along a nearby street; and there was the missing car. She learned that someone had left it there during the night.”
Some time ago, I started applying this idea to the Ninth Commandment: Thou canst not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
A friend of mine was in a work situation involving a great deal of corruption. Efforts had been made to change things for years, but corruption apparently went all the way to the top.
I prayed along these lines for about a year, even though I had no expectation of change.
Those responsible were arrested and removed.
So, now I am using the same line of thought to pray about the news. In 2015, I saw with my own eyes how corrupt the news was when people and events I am familiar with were reported on entirely falsely.
While this is a work in progress, in the two years since then, much more awareness of the corruption in the news has come to light. I am still praying along these lines…to know that we cannot bear false witness against each other…and if we should try, God will reveal our falseness.
“For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.” (Luke 12;2)