Obamawood Meets Andywood

by Andy Wood on January 21, 2009

in Five LV Laws, Gamblers, LV Alter-egos, Pleasers, Principle of Freedom, Principle of Legacy

inaugurationOkay, surely this is just a coincidence.

During the days of the Carter administration, “Carter Country” was a popular sitcom.  Reagan’s presidency produced a number of “this-guy’s-gonna-get-us-killed” movies about nuclear war, including “The Day After.”  The Clinton years gave us record numbers of movies made about the U.S. President – including “Dave,”  “Wag the Dog,” and “Primary Colors.”  And the Bush years produced a mixed bag of spiritual themes (“Chronicles of Narnia,” “Lord of the Rings Trilogy,” and “The Passion of the Christ”) and war-on-terrorism flicks and shows like “The Unit.”

So President Obama takes the oath yesterday.  And what’s the first new TV rollout, starting tonight?

Lie to Me.”

No relation whatsoever, I’m sure.

Here are my favorite two quotes from yesterday:

  • Somebody on Fox News quoted Jay Leno:  “Politics is just show business for ugly people.”
  • Then this from Brit Hume about President Clinton:  “President Clinton always looks to me like he’s searching for the right expression to have on his face.  [Hillary] looks fine; she looks natural, comfortable, sort of a smile.  And you know, he’s… he’s… figurin’ it out.  As long as I have known him, it’s always been an interesting feature with him.  And you know, he’ll shift and adjust as he goes.”

All that said, I have a confession to make:  I am fascinated by con men.  I know that’s pretty ironic, seeing how I make my living working for the Other Side.  But whether it’s movies like “Paper Moon” or “Catch Me If You Can” or  TV fare such as “Leverage” and “The Mentalist,” the cat-and-mouse exploits of shysters and the people who catch them completely intrigue me.

lie-to-meThe new show is inspired by the scientific work of Dr. Paul Ekman, whose studies in nonverbal communication over the last 40 years have profoundly shaped our understanding of how we reveal our feelings and why we lie.

Tim Roth plays Dr. Cal Leightman, a “human lie detector” more accurate than any polygraph.  Dr. Leightman heads a curious team of experts.  Dr. Gillian Foster is the doctor’s professional partner and counterpart, “A master of deception equally comfortable with lying and concealing her emotions.”  Will Loker, on the other hand, has taken a vow of “radical honesty.”  He says everything on his mind and seemingly lacks the ability to lie.

Then there is Ria Torres, whom Lightman and Foster recruit off an airport security screening line.  Tests have shown she’s a natural profiler.  Roth asks her, “Have you ever had any specialized deception training?”

“I’ve dated a lot of men,” Ria says.

Fox says, “Lie to Me probes the very heart of human nature and explores the idea that there’s nothing more revealing than when we choose to tell the truth and when we decide to lie.”

“All men are liars,” Psalm 116:12 observes.  That would appear to be so.  And even though God hates a lying tongue and Satan is the father of lies, the Bible is painfully honest about its lying heroes.  Just in Abraham’s family:

  • Abraham lied to Pharaoh (Genesis 12:13) and Abimilech (Genesis 20:2) about Sarah being his sister.
  • Sarah lied to the angels (Genesis 18:15) about laughing at their prediction that she would have a son within a year.
  • Isaac also lied about his wife to Abimiech (Genesis 26:7), saying “she is my sister.”
  • Rebecca deceived her husband Isaac and actually taught Jacob to do the same (Genesis 27:6-17).
  • Jacob lied to his father and claimed to be Esau in order to receive his blessing (Genesis 27:18-24).
  • Jacob met his lying match with his employer and father-in-law Laban, who tricked him into marrying Leah (Genesis 29:25).
  • Rachel lied to her father in concealing his household idols (Genesis 31:34-35).
  • Jacob’s 10 oldest sons lied to their father about the whereabouts of Joseph (Genesis 37).

The same could be said for David, Elisha, Jeremiah, Peter, and a host of other people.

If the research is correct and you’re average, then three times over a ten-minute conversation, you’ll lie about something.  Why?  Here is God’s answer through Jeremiah:

The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

We lie because we’ve been lied to.  By our own hearts.  Is there any wonder, then, that when God came to redeem the world, He came full of grace and truth? (John 1:14).  Lord knows, we need both.

So is there any hope for our lying sorryness?  Yes.  But you won’t find it in Hollywood, or  Obamawood.  You may learn to nail a liar, but only a relationship with THE Truth can transform a liar’s heart.  And when those who have met The Truth get together, something extraordinary can happen.  More on that tomorrow.  Until then, here’s more on the show:


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Ron@TheWisdomJournal January 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Fascinating! I’m sure there’s no co-relation…

Some say the truth hurts, but in reality, THE TRUTH transforms.

Ron@TheWisdomJournals last blog post..10 Ways College Made Me Poor

will hapeman January 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

Andy, way cool, I am going to need a laugh the next 4 years, Ill be back, thanks.

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