Let’s be honest…

Pulpit view for Hawick News Friday 15th February 2013 by Major Steven Turner

In this country of horse lovers, there is understandable outrage at the contamination of processed foods with horsemeat. How would you feel about the animal on which you follow the cornet this year landing on your dinner plate?

In France, horsemeat is as acceptable as beef or rabbit. But the government is demanding a criminal investigation. If there is no risk to public health, why does it matter?

The scandal is not primarily about the content of our food. It’s about a lack of concern for the customer, which leads to deception by the supplier. This scandal comes at a time when many are calling for government departments and big business to be more transparent.

From the law and the prophets through to Jesus and James, the Bible calls for honesty in our dealings with people. One Proverb addresses the merchants:  “The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favour with him.”

But when Jesus said “let your yes be yes, and your no, no” he was talking to ordinary people. So let’s learn a lesson from this affair, and keep our dealings with each other open and honest. OK?

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My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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