Voir Dire

Voir Dire, pronounced “vwah deer” is a French phrase that means “to tell the truth.” It is from the Latin and is primarily used in the practice of law when attorneys question jurors to determine their fitness to sit on a particular jury.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are admonished to tell the truth. The Scriptures are full of references about the consequences of lying versus telling the truth. It should be a simple thing to tell the truth but it isn’t.

From the time we first learn to speak we must be taught to tell the truth, it does not come naturally. “Did you eat the cookie?” we are asked and we answer, “No.” All the while we have cookie crumbs on our faces as we finish chewing the last of the offending cookie. We grow older, “Did you hit your sister?” No,” and the bruise is fresh on her arm. “Why are you late from your date?” “The car ran out of gas.” Again, we face our parents with our hair askew and our clothes rumpled.

As we move towards adulthood, we are taught the art of social lying. “How are you today?” The inevitable “Fine” comes out of our mouths before we even process the question. I remember seeing a newborn that was lacking in beauty to say the least. The mother was basking in the praise being showered on her baby. I had to really work at saying something that was not a lie and yet did not hurt the mother. “He sure looks like his Daddy,” worked in that instance but it was hard to not lie outright.

Telling the truth takes work and practice. We must use wisdom when speaking in order to not hurt others. “Speak the truth in love,” we are admonished in Ephesians 4: 15. This is not an easy task. Ask any husband about what he says when his wife asks him about what she is wearing. My husband has developed dodging the question into an art form.

Not to make light of the subject, I find myself evaluating my answers many times. Did I tell the truth? Did I throw in something accidentally that wasn’t true? Did I exaggerate the situation? Did I hold back important information? It takes discipline and practice to learn to speak the truth. How are you at “voir dire?” Let our readers know of any tips you use in order to help you tell the truth. It is a difficult habit to develop.

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Waiting for the Truth

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How many of us have been waiting for our governments to tell us the truth about a particular subject? I expect the people of Wuhan are waiting for it also. The poor pangolin has been blamed for being the missing link between bats and humans in spreading the coronavirus but could it have escaped from the Level 4 Biolab in Wuhan? No one in China has mentioned it but one wonders if perhaps while scientists were working on a vaccine, the virus somehow migrated out of the lab?

Most of us have learned not to look to our governments for the truth about much of anything. Facts and statistics can be skewed depending on the political bent of the encumbent administration. We should remember that when listening to our favorite politicians talk about any subject. We should take what we are hearing with a grain of salt and then do our own research. If we want to have a grasp on the truth, we must check out several sources and not just the ones that uphold our particular political views.

Governments from time immemorial have been giving their citizens their own versions of whatever story they are espousing. Look at the hieroglyphics on the pyramids. They give the reader a dynastic history the way a particular pharaoh wants to be remembered. Remember the great fire of Rome? The Roman emperor Nero sent out a story that Christians had set fire to Rome while most historians believe that he was responsible. He needed room for his next building project and certain neighborhoods in the city needed to be razed. Ah, the ancients had The Spin down to a science.

I don’t know about you, but I am still waiting for the truth about the Kennedy assasination. We were promised that papers would be released fifty years after his death but then whoops – not possible. We were again told the information was still politically sensitive. Maybe, but it is hard to swallow when it has been fifty years since the death of John F. Kennedy and few if any of the citizens believe “The Official Version of the Story.”

Sometimes, we are lucky, no thanks to the powers that be. Remember Benghazi and that official story? Because there were eyewitnesses and lots of people involved, the truth eventually came out during the congressional hearings. Even after that though, the government still did not amend its original story. It would have been too embarrassing to actually admit to the truth.

There are many historical occurrences about which we will never know the true story. We can wait forever but it will not come. We should keep that in mind when we are being told stories that have been fabricated by whichever ruling political party in order to protect its own position of power. Whatever the story, whatever the subject, let’s do our own research. Otherwise, we will be waiting forever to find the truth. 

What particular truth are you waiting for?