In the news today is the story of a girl who wrote an essay on her soldier father dying in Iraq by a roadside bomb. The essay won her four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert plus other goodies. In the essay the girl wrote:
“My daddy died this year in Iraq. I am going to give mommy the Angel pendant that daddy put on mommy when she was having me. I had it in my jewelry box since that day. I love my mommy.”
It would be very touching if it were only true. It turns out to be a complete fraud to win the Hannah Montana tickets. And on top of all that, when confronted over the matter, the mother said, “We did whatever we could do to win.” Nice, real nice. See the whole story here.
The mother is now saying that the rules did not say the essay had to be true. But the truth is that her daughter’s essay was purposefully crafted and contrived in order to win the sympathy of the contest organizers. The story was presented as a truth and it won on the basis of that. Normal people do not write fake stories about the death of their loved ones. It’s just not right.
You know what God says? God says be honest and don’t lie. “Do not lie to one another” (Col. 3:9). “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another” (Eph. 4:25).