Liar, Liar

June 13, 2020

9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.

Colossians 3:9-10

Written by Donna Soliz from the Brentwood Campus

“Liar, liar—pants on fire!” was a popular chant on the playground when someone was accused of lying.

As young children we were taught that lying was wrong—whether we learned it in Sunday School, during our bedtime reading of Pinocchio, or as we watched TV and heard Andy tell Opie, “Honesty is the best policy.” As adults we have laughed at Jim Carrey’s character when he could not tell a lie, and we have gasped as another news story shook our faith in a company or person we thought of highly.

If we realize lying is wrong, then why do we do it?

In one episode of “I Love Lucy,” Lucy comments, “You can’t tell people the truth—they think you’re lying. You have to lie to make them think you are telling the truth.”

Some people believe this. Some believe that it’s “just human nature.” But is it?

Sadly, it is true that lying came early in the story of our creation. In Genesis 4:9, we read that Cain lied to God after killing his brother. If the son of the first people on earth—the very ones who had daily interactions with the Creator of the universe—can dare lie to God almighty…WHY did he lie? Why does anyone lie?

“Those who stay up at night and study these things” have narrowed the reasons for lying down to a few: pride, protection, admiration, control, advantage, privacy and fear.

Ah, fear. Fear of punishment is probably the very reason for the first lies of children. Wasn’t it fear that caused Peter to lie and deny knowing Christ, not once, but three times in a matter of hours? (Luke 22:54-62) Fear is confusing. Were you ever afraid of what was going to happen to you if you DID NOT follow your parents’ instructions? I was! So why are we not more afraid of not following our Heavenly Father’s instructions?

  • In Exodus 20, God sends Moses down the mountain with the TEN COMMANDMENTS. Yep, one of the ten states, “You must not lie.”
  • In Proverbs 6, we are reminded that there are seven things that the Lord hates. Lying is included.
  • In Revelation 21, we are warned that all liars will face the Second Death.

Despite all of these reminders and warnings, 91% of Americans admit to lying on a daily basis. Why should we be any different?

It’s because as Christians, we are called to be different. We are called to put off our old self and be renewed in the image of our Creator, our Father God. In Hebrews 6:18 and in Titus 8:2 we are told that it is impossible for God to lie. Several times Jesus is referred to as the Truth. If we are to shine the light of Jesus and be disciples that show others the way, should we not be different?

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Is there such a thing as a “little white lie”?
  2. Read Proverbs 6 to discover the other six things God hates.
  3. What would it look like if we challenged ourselves to not lie at all for 24 hours…for a week…for a month…for a lifetime?

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