Honesty Lies Simply in Jesus

Over 200 years ago, Ben Franklin coined the phrase “honesty is the best policy.” 

But as we approach the U.S. midterm elections on November 8, politics is as intense and “in your face” as ever.  And no different from years past, it’s highly negative and divisive. Many would even say dishonest…

As we consider our options, how are we to discern fact from fiction? 

As a founding father, political leader, drafter and signer of our Declaration of Independence, Franklin understood that honesty was the best path to navigate “politics” and reach a common goal. Honesty mattered then, and it matters now—for political leaders and for all of us.  

It was no different for Jesus. 

From His early days to the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus anchored everything on complete honesty. Even when unpopular and faced with death, Jesus stayed the course of truth. And He expects honesty from us too…

Honesty builds credibility. While the Pharisees saw Jesus as a major opponent, they still seemed to respect Him for His honesty. In Matthew 22:16, they address Him, “Teacher, we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites.”    

Honesty builds confidence. Can you imagine what Jesus was feeling in His final days? He knew what was coming. Yet as He faced Caiaphas in Matthew 26 and Pilate in Matthew 27, He never wavered from who He was or why He was here.  

Think about the implication this has for you and me as Christians. Our house is built on The Rock! 

Regardless of our ups, downs, the political environment, or any other aspect of our lives, the Lord is honest and we can count on Him. He is consistent, unwavering, never changing, trustworthy, and will do exactly what He says He will do—for our good and for His glory.

Be encouraged, knowing God is sovereign and Jesus transcends politics. Focus on these three things in this current season…  

  1. Consider Jesus’ commitment to honesty—and align yourself with teaching the way of God truthfully in your sphere of influence.  
  2. Do your best to stay impartial and not play favorites. Remain objective.  
  3. Be a catalyst for Jesus. Stay true to who you are and whose you are—at the dinner table, at the café, at the school board meeting and on the campaign trail.

To learn more about what the Bible says on honesty and how you can apply it to your life, check out Compass – finances God’s way founder Howard Dayton’s latest book, Honesty, at www.compass1.org.  

Keep charging for Christ, 

Brandon Sieben

CEO, Compass Global


After nearly three years in a mentoring relationship with Founder and Chairman Howard Dayton, Brandon joined Compass-finances God’s Way as president and CEO in September 2019. Brandon graduated with a B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Iowa; and also studied international business at the Universidad de Alicante in Spain, and Latin American business and culture at the Instituto de Idioma Español in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Brandon and his wife, Deb, are actively involved in ministry in their local church and community. They have three daughters, Kay, Nina, and Georgia, and currently reside in Iowa City, Iowa.

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