“ A  lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants” – Mark Twain

I will never forget a parent-teacher conference that I had with the parents of one of the kids in my third grade class many years ago. I was sharing with the parents how their son was showing a consistent pattern of not telling the truth about having his homework done; that rarely had he completed the nightly Math sheet yet he would always say that he had. It was only when I actually asked him to give me the Math sheet that I would see that it was not completed. Upon hearing me say this, the boy’s mother gasped and said just one word- “Impossible !” . I was stunned. I replied “ Why do you say that?” and she gave me an answer to that question that I shall never forget. Without missing a beat she shot back “ Because my son is not a liar; he never lies.” 

Folks, this particular mom is delusional. Why do I say that? Because everyone lies…period. The only human to ever walk the earth who never lied was Jesus. This is simply because He was all man but also all God. He was sinless. The last time that I checked however, He stands alone in that category. If we are all honest, we all struggle with lying…some more than others. Children and adults alike tell untruths when it is to their advantage to do so. Anyone who says that they have never lied is telling a lie just by saying that. That is the plain truth and we all know it.

Another factual truth is that lies seem to spread like wild fire. Have you ever noticed that?  A truth can be told about a person and that news seems to go nowhere. Yet a lie or something completely untrue and slanderous about someone seems to have the ability to fly with wings throughout the entire community. This is the irony that Mark Twain was hinting at in his quote. Men are sinful creatures in need of a savior which explains the reason and prevalence of lying. If this is the case, what is our responsibility and our challenge in this lying world in which we live?

First, let’s ask God to help us not to engage in this sinful practice. We need to beg Him to prick our hearts each and every time we are tempted to lie, mislead, or even exaggerate. We also need to honestly examine ourselves to check if we are inwardly rationalizing why we lie. For example, are we saying things to ourselves such as “ This is not really lying…it is just fibbing…or …this is just a little white lie.”  Those kinds of thoughts might appease our guilty conscience but it does not negate the fact that we are not being truthful.

Have you ever lied about your age in order to obtain something or to be allowed a certain privilege?  Have you lied about someone to exact revenge on that person? Have you ever lied about your accomplishments on an application or on a resume?  The list is endless but worth thinking about. The Bible tells us that lying is an abomination to the Lord yet we will casually and regularly do so even though we know God’s view on it.

By the way…I am innocent and blameless in all of this. I have never committed any of the types of lies which I have described above. I am truthful all of the time. I also just realized how difficult it is to type with my fingers crossed !  Lying…an abomination that needs to be acknowledged and then minimized in all of our lives. Some food for thought.

Proverbs  6 : 16-19 -  These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren