Just a Lie - The Forgotten But Beautiful Trait of Honesty

During the speculation on whether Barry Bonds used steroids, He stated rather vehemently during a press conference, "All you guys lie, all of y'all, in a story or whatever, have lied. Should you have an asterisk behind your name? All of you have lied. All of you have said something wrong, all of you have dirt. All of you. When your closet's clean, then come clean somebody else's. But clean yours first, okay."

In the documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster the general consensus of many of the steroid users in the film was that everyone uses them, and they just do it to stay even.  They say to themselves that cheating isn't really cheating if everyone is doing it.  It  great documentary that gave a behind the scene glimpse at the weightlifting and steroid culture.  In one scene, balancing out all of the lies that the steroid users tell themselves and those around them, the mother of the guys who used steroids told them that each fiber of their beings was made by God, and he made them the way he wanted them.

Barry justified his use of steroids and his being deceptive about it by saying that everyone is a cheater like him, and that would make him not a cheater.  He must have not known Brian Davis.  Brian Davis called a penalty on himself after nicking a reed during his backswing at a PGA tour event in Hilton Head.  None of the officials noticed it.  To the naked eye, it was nearly imperceptible, but he felt the vibration in his club.  He did not want to win if it meant he had to be deceptive.

“It was one of those things,” he said. “I thought I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. I thought we’d check on TV, and indeed there was movement...I want to win a PGA Tour event more than just about anything but I play by the rules and no victory would be worthwhile if it had a cloud hanging over it. I saw the grass move, called Slugger (White, the referee) over and that’s it, end of story.”

Oh, the beauty of honesty.

"Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another" Eph 4:25 (ESV).