Then you probably don’t care for your life. Why do I say that? No I did not say that, the Bible did. Please read the verse:

“Yes, always use honest weights and measures, so that you may enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. All who cheat with dishonest weights and measures are detestable to the Lord your God.” — Deuteronomy 25:15-16

Majority of the people I know want to have a long life–except for a few, but they are not the ones we are talking about here. But is long life enough? I don’t think so. You also need to enjoy that long life you have. Who needs a long life when you are suffering in sickness or debt or disability?

But I digress.

The verse I mentioned above is a command by the LORD spoken through Moses and this part of scripture was taken from Deuteronomy, just before the Israelites take possession of the promised land. They were commanded by God Himself not to cheat in order that they may enjoy a long life.

This verse came up to me this morning probably because of the upcoming elections here in the Philippines. Cheating by politicians is not surprising anymore to Filipinos. They’d probably be surprised if a candidate or his supporters did not cheat. It is a sad fact that many seems to have come to accept.

This week, there was a lot of hoopla surrounding the Comelec’s mock elections and of how the system can be easily cheated by many means. This is no different from the dishonest weighing scales that the Bible warns the Israelits about. My friends, cheating is a detestable act to God. He hates it. It is injustice and downright unfair. People with dishonest motive and tools give themselves undue advantage, all for what? The capacity to do more dishonest acts.

Think about this, if a candidate is suspected of cheating in the elections through dishonest means, what can we expect when that person is in office? Let us strive to put honest people in office. Yes, I agree, its hard to find that kind of person, but strive nonetheless.

I also want to add that this virtue is very important to a person who is his first time be in a public office. Remember, there is a reason why God had to review the commands He gave to Israel 40 years from that time. God wanted that the Israelites start with a clean slate and dishonesty easily mars that experience. Same with the first time politician, one dishonest act, how little it may seem in his eyes and the people around him, its still cheating.

P.S. Cheating is not limited to politicians only. The verse above was told to ALL the Israelites, not just the politicians.

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