Wednesday, June 14th, '17
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putting away lying, Let each one of us speak truth with his neighbor..."
(Ephesians 4:25 NKJV)
God cannot lie. It would be assumed then that
His kids cannot either, yet Paul writes to "the saints who are at Ephesus" (Ephesians 1:1). Lying saints? Sounds a bit oxymoronic. But there are Christians
that do lie, sometimes boldfaced, more frequently just stretching truth, evang-elastically
speaking. Truth, by the way is so inflexible that it won't stretch. People
lie about accomplishment, when, what and why, how much they made as per tax
purposes, how much they make period, where they were at such and such an hour,
whether they did or didn't do the assigned work, and etc. Lie, why? To impress.
Keith Moore says, "Don't impress; instead be impressive". A lie is designed to
make a person come out looking in the best light. Often truth and tale don't
jive. The lie can come in words or in the form of a mask. We leave the
negatives off the job résumé and hide minor details beneath fig leaves.
Lie, why? Some do it to fit in. Not being
oneself is deception even if your motive is right. John speaks of the "fearful"
(Revelation 21:8). A new hairdo and tighter blue jeans won't make Mizz America pass for thirty when she's fifty; face the music. We are what we are. Good news,
that can change, but we are what we are. Others lie to avoid hardship or
inconvenience. "If I tell the truth I'll be sent clear to the back of the line.
Fudging on this point or that can't be all that bad seeing how it will speed up
an otherwise long process. The end justifies the means" (they say). And then
there is lying done for cash profit. Gehazi spun a big yarn about Elijah
wanting an offering for his Bible students when he (Gehazi) planned to take the
money and run the whole time. Deals are struck with fingers crossed behind the
back. Some today sign contracts before the witness of lawyers, family, God and
lien holder with no intention of following the written terms.
Lie, why? So they can dominate over others.
Absalom did it to tip the scales in his favor against his dad, David. Last, at
least in this list, people lie to save face. Some things are embarrassing. I
hate those "don't be this guy" moments that call for swallowing humble pie
followed by a public apology. When that happens the offender is apt to look up
and whistle like he knew nothing of the matter. Instead, we are to face the music,
not save face. Remember, all conductors face the music. So do the real "saints
who are at Ephesus". God cannot lie, and Christians, well, they cannot continue