Tell The Truth
Lies will get you in trouble. Most people who reach the age of just 7 or 8 years old learn that this is so. Still, it is amazing to see how many people are willing to “stretch the truth,” tell a “little white lie,” or even lie blatantly to achieve whatever purpose they desire. Some people make it the practice of their lives. This is true for some teenagers all the way up through some senior adults.
A good example of how lies can get you in trouble is the man and his wife who decided to eat out at their favorite restaurant one night at the last minute. They didn’t make a reservation, got there, and found a crowd. They left their name with the hostess and sat down to wait. After 30 minutes a disgruntled couple left, complaining the wait was too long. About five minutes later the hostess called, “Parker?,” and no one showed up. She called again with the same result. The man thought quickly. It must have been the Parkers who left. He convinced his wife if they told the hostess they were the Parkers then they would get a table faster. The wife reluctantly agreed. They approached the hostess and she said, “Parker?” The man smiled and said, “Yes.” The hostess said, “Thank goodness! Your family is waiting for you in the private dining room!” Perhaps he was able to admit his deceit and leave with no further embarrassment.
Lies cause trouble in any realm of life but the worst is in the realm of faith. Why the worst? Because there are eternal consequences. The sad fact is that religious faith has been fertile ground for those who wish to sow the seeds of deceit and falsehood. Unfortunately many people discover that they are able to convince others to believe a certain way and to see them as worthy leaders. Their ability to persuade often leads to wealth and influence. Jesus warned about such people in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
Our generation is no different from any other through the history of the world. There have always been false religions in the world. There are now and there always will be. We must guard against modern deceits and falsehoods. Here are some with Bible verses that address them: doubting the inerrancy of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21); acceptance of denominationalism (1 Corinthians 1:10-15, Ephesians 4:4-7); women preachers (1 Corinthians 14:33-37, 1 Timothy 2:11-12); homosexuality (Romans 1:26-32).
There is pressure on Christians to accept what the world thinks about these things rather than what God says about them. John 8:31-32 says this, “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Let’s be sure we believe God’s truth and tell His truth to everyone we can.