Liar liar, pants on fire! Everyone knows the saying right? We hear children on the playground shouting this at each other or maybe your kids have said this to you after telling them a nursery rhyme or a “fib.” Let’s be honest, we have all lied at some point but why do we do it? For my last post of 2011 I’d like to take an honest look at lying.
Speaking from personal experience I would say the main reason people lie is either to make themselves look more impressive to someone or to cover up something they’ve done that they are ashamed of. Either way we are giving a false representation of who we actually are. So why do we constantly feel the need to make ourselves appear better than we are?
“Be yourself” and “be real” are very popular words of advice these days. There’s so much talk of “fake” people. Everywhere I go someone is gossiping about someone else saying “they’re so fake.” So who are the “real” people? Don’t we all put on some fake representation of ourselves when we go out into public? Aren’t we all somewhat fake? People can get so obsessed with what others think about them. After typing that statement I quickly felt the urge to let you all know that I’m no different and with that proving my own worries of what others think of me. We all want to fit in and we all want to be accepted. Does this lead us to lie? Shouldn’t it be the opposite? It’s quite paradoxical—we lie to be accepted but nobody wants to accept a liar. So by lying aren’t we just digging our own grave? We tell one lie and that leads to another, which leads to another, and another, until there’s no truth left in anything were saying. It’s a terrible trap that we could easily avoid if we just don’t lie to begin with.
As Christians we know we should not lie and it tells us this many places in the Bible.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness!” (Exodus 20:16)
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.” (Prov 12:22)
We also know that if we do lie we should quickly confess.
“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” (Prov 28:13)
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:15)
After Jesus had been taken prisoner Peter lied three times to people denying he ever knew Jesus. Why did he do it? Can’t we all relate to Peter sometimes? I’m going to be honest here and admit that I have lied before to get out of having to talk about my faith. I did just last week actually. It happened so quickly I did it without even really thinking about it. For work I deal with a lot of musicians and most of them guys. I have a recording studio at my home and in the past—my pre-Jesus days—I’ve kept a few “girlie magazines” around. After committing my life to Christ I threw these magazines away. I had a past client in last week that asked me where the magazines were. Immediately with almost no prior thought I lied and said I had given them away. This was not true at all. The truth is I threw them away because I take the problem of sexual immorality and pornography very seriously. I will not have those magazines in my house anymore because I am a Christian and try my best to follow the moral law that God has given us. That is what I should have told him but instead I made up a lie to avoid talking about Jesus. It seemed like such a small little innocent lie but the Holy Spirit did not think so. Immediately conviction set in and guilt arose. The incident has crossed my mind quite a few times since and hence I decided to write this post.
I’ve come to realize that it’s just not worth it to lie about anything… ever. The Lord has set me free by forgiving me of my past sins so why do I want to put myself back into the pit by lying again? One of the most amazing gifts we get with the decision to follow Jesus is peace from the past. I have finally moved on and put my past self away. I’m living in light now but how quickly my flesh wants to throw me back into darkness. I refuse to live there and I encourage you to do so as well! Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life” and he also said “the truth will set you free.” He was so right. He was right about everything he said. Instead of “liar liar, pants on fire” the saying should be “the truth, the truth, sets my heart on fire” for Jesus that is. With 2012 approaching it’s the perfect time to start over. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions and I have figured mine out: to live in the truth that is Jesus Christ! I hope you’ll join me! Happy New Year everyone and God bless 2012!
“I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:8-14 NIV84)
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