Special to the Chickasaw Journal
According to Webster’s Dictionary, a lie is to speak falsely, make statements intended to deceive, or a false appearance. According to the Bible, Proverbs 12:22 says “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deatruly are his delight.” Also, Ephesians 4:25 says “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.”
Acts 5:1-10 tells what happened to a certain man and his wife, when they lied about selling a possession. Peter asked Ananias (v.4) ‘why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.’ At that point, Ananias fell down and gave up the ghost. The young men carried him out and buried him. Not only did Ananias lie about the price that they received, but his wife, Sapphira came in and told the same lie. She too fell dead and was carried out and buried. Their sin was in telling a lie when telling the truth would have been easier.
The Bible doesn’t say anything about children in this passage. But, let’s say there were children here. What example would this kind of conduct teach those children? If parents lie, then their children will lie as well. Children learn from example. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Ephesians 6:4 “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” We need to teach our children when they are young, that lying and cheating to get through life is sin. We had better be teaching them about God and how to get to heaven. Yes, a little white lie is a sin.
Think about this illustration. There was a preacher. A brother started telling that the preacher had a girlfriend. He kept repeating this story. Eventually, the preacher lost his job, his wife, and children. As time went on, this certain brother came to the preacher one day and confessed that he knew there was no girlfriend. He just made up that lie and spread it around. The preacher told the brother to come go with him. They went to the top of a tall building. The wind was blowing strongly. The preacher gave the brother a pillow case filled with feathers. He told the brother to pour all the feathers out. The wind scattered the feathers all over the city. The preacher told the brother to go gather up all the feathers. The brother looked at the preacher and said that it was impossible. The preacher looked at the brother and pointed his finger at him and said ‘Now let this be a lesson to you.’ You see, when someone lies about something, this causes a lot of problems down the road for people. Lies travel just as the feathers did, quickly.
God will hold us accountable for lying. He may not strike us dead immediately as he did Ananias and Sapphira, but if we don’t get forgiveness for lying, we will be held accountable on judgment day. If we consider lying as a part of daily living, we’re teaching others around us that lying is o.k. (remember: our children are watching us). Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Lying will come home to haunt us.
We had better be very careful. Today’s society teaches that anything is acceptable. Lie if you want to, just don’t get caught. It’s up to us to teach others and especially our children what is written in the pages of God’s word.
May God be with you. Billy Free, Southside Church of Christ