It was a Tuesday morning and I boarded a danfo from the popular CMS bustop, heading towards VI. We were over halfway through to the final destination of the bus and I was getting ready for a new day at the office when my thoughts were interrupted by a phone call nearby.
“I am at the gate… I went to use the ATM”
What? Really? A couple of heads turned towards the passenger that made the comment. Uncle, you can lie. Haba!!
Within minutes, as I walked towards my office, behold, I heard another:
“I dey Mowe now, I dey come”
My God. Mowe is a town in Ogun state, very close to Lagos and this man is in Victoria Island, 90 kilometers away. Why would he do such?
I began to ponder why we make such lies especially via phone calls and social media. It is rampant. But what the bible says about lies?
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” – Exodus 20:16
Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another – Leviticus 19:11
“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” – Proverb 6:16-20
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. – Proverb 12:22
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom – Song of Solomon 2:15
“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.” – Proverbs 19:9
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump – Galatians 5:9
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices – Colossians 3:9
“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.” – Revelation 21:8
We know the story of Ananias and his wife in Acts 5. You know how it all ended. God wants us to always speak the truth, even if it hurts. God would rather have us tell the truth and suffer for it than to tell a lie to avoid the consequences. This doesn’t exclude “white”, “helpful”, “minor”, “tiny”, “little”, “tactful” lies like padding your CV, covering up for your boss, selling a product etc. Be wise. Read more about white lies.
As we have read, all liars who refuse to repent and trust in Christ are headed for the worst judgment imaginable (Rev 21:8). We all lie but we can all be forgiven (1 John 1:9) and have the righteousness of Christ imputed toward us (2 Cor 5:21) but only for those who repent and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15) and that’s the truth.
Telling the truth is not an option but a commandment. You don’t need to remember anything when you tell the truth.
Enjoy your day.