Never steal, lie, or deceive your neighbor. Never swear by my name in order to deceive anyone. This dishonors the name of your God. I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19:11-12 GW
If we were to go verse by verse, some of the principles outlined within the readings may apply to the daily life of some people, and some will not. The readings were primarily focused on the life of an average Jew. There are however, some principles that are universal, with implications for our times. The verses above fall into that category. Sam Holcroft is a British playwright who has a play with this similar title: Rules for Living. Holcrofts exploration is limited because he derives from cognitive therapy instead of God. God is interested in our character. In these two verses, God gives us directions not to lie, steal, deceive people or swear falsely on Gods name. If these parameters are used in selecting our leaders, some will never come near the corridors of power. Today the political games may be played by money, popularity and intimidation, but real leaders are still being raised with these attributes of heaven. When a people are defeated in these simple attributes for leadership, the society is headed for anarchy and destruction. Any life below these requirements is dangling in a precipice of darkness. It will not only dishonour God, it will dishonour the person involved. May God receive the honour of our generation as we choose what exalts Jesus, than what honours the flesh and the devil.