Sermon: Swearing Oaths: Taking Jesus’ Words to Heart – Exodus 22:10-11, Matthew 5:33-37
Truth-telling. From the time we are very little, we know that the truth matters. There’s a phrase from my childhood, “Cross my heart and hope to die”…words we say to show that we are really really telling the truth. It’s actually an oath…although it’s lost its religious meaning. “Cross my heart”…which is a religious symbol, calling God to bear witness, and “hope to die”, meaning, if I don’t tell the truth, may God strike me dead!We need to know whether people are telling the truth. Whether it’s the person who is selling us a car, the person we are dating, or a politician to whom we give power…we want to know that they are trustworthy. We make decisions and base our lives on people telling us the truth.