There are six things the Lord hates – no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16 NLT)
Where are the truth seekers? Today’s culture is literally riddled with falsehood. From false advertising, false claims, false identifications, false promises, to false accusations; there seems to be a lack of desire to seek the truth. Those in the highest offices of government feel no compunction, if telling a lie garners them an advantage over an opponent. Others make no apologies for exaggerating or stretching the truth. We are quick to label these half-truths as “little white lies”.
Here are a list of “little white lies” that are on common use today:
· You look wonderful!
· Don’t worry. He doesn’t bite.
· A child can assemble it. All that’s needed is a screwdriver.
· Guaranteed for life.
· Of course I remember you.
· This won’t hurt. You’ll just feel a little discomfort.
· Drop in any time. You’re always welcome.
· The doctor will be with you in just a moment.
· You don’t need an umbrella. It’s not going to rain.
· The car has low mileage.
Let me share in interesting experience I had with the computer. I went on the internet and asked: “When is a lie, not a lie?” I thought the computer would have a heart attack. It got all befuddled and in the end accused me of deception.
Isn’t that one of the problems with lying? When we lie not only is the truth being suppressed, but we are leading someone else astray. To say the least, this is deception.
Why do people resort to lying instead of facing up to the truth? A few suggestions come to mind:
· To save face in light of a revealing truth.
· To cast doubt on another person’s reputation or character.
· To try and elevate ourselves in front of others.
· To put someone down.
· To gain an advantage.
· To avoid a setback.
I’m sure you can come up a few more reasons, none of which are valid in the eyes of God.
How does God view these so-called “little white lies?” The writer of Proverbs is quite clear when he says that God “hates,” or “detests” – a lying tongue and a false witness. “When is a lie not a lie?” -- Ans: There is never a time when a lie is not a lie.
We must be very careful when accusing individuals of being a “liar.” To do so in my opinion makes us judgmental. I can say to a person, “You are not telling the truth,” or “I believe you are lying,” but I’m not going to be judgmental and label you as a “liar.”
To me the term “liar” refers to someone that is incapable of telling the truth. God placed Satan in that category when he said, “For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44 NLT)
Let it be said of each of us that we are “truth seekers” and always ready to be bearers of the truth of the word of God.