- The First Commandment, from Exodus 2 (NKJV)
Perhaps no picture can be more representative of lying than the modern day representation of a Pinocchio-like character, likely speaking to his client about how great his product is while his shadow shows a growing nose. And that is a perfect representation of how the use of lies grows and it creates problems for the liar because he has to remember each of his lies so that he doesn't trip himself up. Usually, he does at some point forget what he said and then all the lies begin to show. If he told the truth in the first place, he wouldn't have to remember it.
One day recently I was in a conversation with a friend and we talked about the prevalence for lying in everything today, from students at school and people in business to politicians of all stripes and at all levels. Lately it seems as if lies are the rule rather than the exception. He voiced his view that liars need to be identified and called out, but I responded that would mean all of us had to be called out.
"What do you mean, all of us," he answered with surprise. "I'm not a liar and I hope you aren't either."
I smiled but responded, "Of course, I'm a liar and so are you. And while I don't like to tell lies, sometimes they just slip out and I work hard to correct my mistake. But if you think you've never told a lie, I feel sorry for you on Judgment Day."
After a while, he understood my drift but insisted that "little white lies" are not really lies, they just avoid pain that the truth sometimes causes. But I told him that God wants us to strive for perfection, and like it or not, "little white lies" are, after all, lies just the same. And then I said most of us have committed lies that we don't recognize as lies as we try to improve ourselves and advance in our secular society. That's why the opening quotation from the Ten Commandments is included.
In our modern world and often without knowing it, we create false gods that we worship instead of the real God. Maybe it's putting our all into climbing the corporate ladder, or maybe it's the student that will do anything to get straight A's so he or she can get into a top notch college. Often it's the drive for more money and all of the material trappings that come with it since that is such a factor of measuring success in our modern world. Whatever it is, the point is that when our focus is on such things instead of what God wants us to do, we have fallen into a trap ourselves where God is no longer put in first place as He expects.
Then, of course, there are the other nine commandments which say no to such things as adultery, bearing false witness, honoring our parents, coveting something our neighbor has and more, things which require us also to lie to cover up what we have done. And no mortal on this earth hasn't been guilty of some form of lying that he or she will have to answer for in the end.
But the good news is that God loves us anyway and if we change our ways and strive to put Him first, meaning working our hardest to do what He wants us to do, He will forgive us. He knows that we make mistakes since were are all sinners, He just wants us to recognize our errors and correct them for Him.
Telling lies or seeking truth: which direction do we want to go? It's all up to each of us individually to make the right decision. If we choose YES, and His grace and love will open the Gates of Heaven. NO will not be a good alternative, but we can make it if we want as long as we are willing to suffer the consequences. Life has meaning but it also has consequences, some can be heavenly and others can be dark. Choose wisely, my friends, choose wisely.