”Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth” -Buddha
Nanjing Night Net

NATALIA Dmitruk is a hero. She hasn’t rescued a child from the jaws of a crocodile, won consecutive gold for her country at the Olympics or raised millions for cancer research.

Natalia is a hero simply because she told the truth.

Perhaps for that reason her story is little-known.

Rewind to 2004, Ukraine, the presidential election.

Let’s just say democracy was new to the Ukraine.

As bogus vote counts were reported on the country’s state-run television station, our Natalia – a 47-year-old sign language interpreter – told the truth from her discreet corner of the screen.

”Don’t believe the results from the Central Election Commission. They are not true. Our president is Viktor Yushchenko,” she articulated in a flurry of hand gestures.

Yushchenko, the opposition leader, was poisoned with dioxin during the campaign, and it is believed that more than 2.8 million fake ballots were cast for his rival,

the government candidate, Viktor Yanukovych.

Natalia’s brave act of defiance was applauded by journalists who found the courage to start reporting the truth rather than the convenient lies fed to them by the government.

All this despite lethal ramifications.

”More than a dozen journalists investigating alleged business and government corruption have died mysteriously. One was found decapitated,” the Journalism Review reported soon afterwards.

Natalia’s stand, together with others weary of the government’s deceit, started what is known as the Orange Revolution, with hundreds of thousands flooding Kiev to demand a new election.

The government gave in and

Yushchenko was elected fair and square.

Cool story, huh?

Thanks to one woman who believed the truth to be more important than her job, even her life.

She was an Ephesians 4:25 gal: ”Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body.”

The truth is often difficult, ugly, inconvenient, painful and altogether less glamorous.

As Winston Churchill once said, ”a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on”.

It’s the juicy lies that make the headlines, not the humble truth.

We’ve all seen the snowball effect that deceit can have.

Lies can spiral out of control in the blink of an eye, but as the adage goes, ”the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32).

Sure, there may be some uncomfortable ramifications, but ultimately the ability to remain truthful in difficult circumstances displays real depth of character.

I hesitate to use the term ”new year’s resolution” but I can think of worse things to aim for as we begin 2012.

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