In our obsessions with “bad sins,” Christians have skillfully avoided dealing with actual sins in their own lives. The sins that are the most fun to rail against are the ones you don’t personally struggle with.
Although we like to talk about murderers, abortionists, and homosexuals, how often do we feel convicted about our sin?
Lying is a classic example. Lying is bad. Christians aren’t supposed to lie. In Ephesians 4 where Paul talks about putting off the old man and putting on the new, guess how he starts talking about the new man?
put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour
Lying is the first thing he brings up. God speaks truth. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If you follow Him, then speak the truth.
Again, it’s more fun to make fun of our postmodern society and their shifting ground of truth and mock their lies, propaganda, and deception, but again, bring it home. How often do we lie?
I know liars who claim to be Christians. Most of their lies seem innocent, they are justifications of sin, attempts to not be rude, trying to be complimentary, trying to dismiss one’s self from obligations in a nice way, and other not so evil sounding things.
But lying is bad. Habitual lying is bad. Liars don’t get into heaven.
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
Again, I didn’t say that. Just quoting the Bible.
The main problem with lying is that you can’t love people if you’re a liar. Love “rejoices in the truth.” Liars, because they know they are liars, have a real problem trusting other people. Since I’m a good person and I lie, imagine how much these other people are lying to me?!
Lying eats at the soul, makes you nervous, paranoid, and eventually, very lonely. People don’t like to be with liars.
Liars are insecure, they say things to make up for the reality of their failing. They pump up their stats in word, only to look foolish when it’s time for action. Thus they fear action. They fear vulnerability. They can’t love and they are very difficult to love in return.
Lying is antithetical to all that God stands for. Christians should be known as people who speak the truth. That keep their word. That deal with reality, not vain-talkers. God is honored by truth, so don’t be afraid to speak it.