Yesterday a particular individual
Basically, this person shared his ultimate example of truthfulness from his experience in visiting a country which actively punishes people of any faith other than that of the majority though imprisonment, torture, and death sentences. These are facts established by the U.S. State Department, not just folks who may be regarded as religious fanatics by some. So the preacher shared how at the time of his scheduled departure from said country he was detained 3 times for questioning as to his activities and with whom he stayed in which locations. The preacher willingly gave the names of the individuals with whom he had contact and admitted to participating in religious activities which are punishable offenses. He gave over this information because he was compelled to "be honest regardless of the cost."
Excuse me but there wasn't a holy thing about his honesty. The cost for him was nothing more than being deported back to a pleasant, safe, comfortable homeland. The cost for the people of that nation whose names he provided to the authorities is jail at a minimum, likely torture, possible death. Personally, I think he's a sanctimonious horse's ass for lauding himself as a paragon of ethics in such a situation.* He ignored security warnings from more experienced travelers before entering that nation, behaved indiscreetly while there, and finally spilled all the beans just prior to his departure. There was no honor in any of that.
If there is any confusion on this point let me give an example that may make more sense. The setting is Nazi Germany. You have chosen to give secret sanctuary to half a dozen Jews in your attic. In the middle of the night the Gestapo bangs on your door and demands to know the names and locations of the Jews you know who may still be in the area. To lie for the sake of keeping them safe is a sacred duty as far as I am concerned. Giving them up would be betrayal.
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 If you love someone you sacrifice your own skin for their benefit, not that of the people you claim to love for your own benefit.
Thus endeth today's message.
*To those who may wonder if I have followed the model of direct but respectful address regarding my points of disagreement, yes, I have...on more than on occasion...both by myself and in the company of others whose opinion would carry more weight than mine. And if you want to say I am not behaving respectfully by calling this guy such a thing, well...I think it's the nicest possible term for someone who would risk the life of an already imperiled "friend" in order to pat himself on the back for his honesty.