TCs Apply (7): Flaming Lips
‘You shall not give false testimony.’ Exodus 20:16 NIV
Fibs. Porkies. Whoppers. There are loads of different names for lies. Often it’s because people view the name as relative to the size of the lie. You’ll hear things like ‘it’s only a little white lie’. But, wait a minute. On Tuesday we were chatting about God seeing the heart, so, to God, dishonesty is dishonesty – there’s no in-between. So, what about half truths, lying to ourselves or staying silent and withholding info that could bring truth into a situation? Brace yourself. Here’s the harsh reality: ‘The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.’ (Proverbs 12:22 NIV) Why? Because God is truth. (John 8:32 NIV) There’s no part of God that dwells in dishonesty or lies, so when we participate in that stuff we’re allowing something other than God to be a part of our lives. Oops. So, how do we guard against it? Firstly, we need to recognise the impact of lies. James 3:5 says ‘Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark’ (NIV). Okay, so it’s fairly major. Secondly, we need to pray. Psalm 141:3 (NIV) says ‘Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.’ The more in tune we are with God, the more truth we’ll speak. And if we’re only speaking truth, there’s no room for lies.
Do you watch any soaps or TV dramas? (Or, y’know, your favourite Shakespeare or Marlowe play. Works just as well.) Count how many of the storylines are made more dramatic by characters telling James 3:5 style lies.