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A new Harris Interactive poll indicates a dangerous new trend is emerging in America. The poll of over 2,000 Americans found that 31 percent of American couples who have combined finances admitted they regularly committed “financial infidelity,” by lying to their spouses about money. The results showed that one-third of respondents say also said they have been deceived about family finances, and both sexes said they lie to their partners about money in equal numbers. The most common lie was hiding cash, followed by hiding minor purchases, hiding a bill, not disclosing a major purchase, and finally by keeping hidden bank accounts.

The most disturbing trend revealing in the study is the result of the financial infidelity was consequences on the marriage relationship. Sixteen percent of couples surveyed said the deception led to divorce, while 11 percent said it caused them to separate. Most of the couples reported less severe consequences saying the lies resulted in an argument and decreased trust within the relationship. Chief Executive of the national Endowment for Financial Education said, “These indiscretions cause significant damage to the relationship.”

--Three in 10 Americans commit financial infidelity?, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70C4WS20110113 ; January 13, 2011. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Ephesians 5:8-10 (HCSB) “For you were once darkness, but now ⌊you are⌋ light in the Lord. Walk as children of light— (9) for the fruit of the light ⌊results⌋ in all goodness, righteousness, and truth— (10) discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.”

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