My Thoughts. . .

Monday, May 20, 2019

Children will usually hear statements made by older folks which are remembered when they reach that age.  One from my childhood is, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”  I think that was a softer way of saying, “You’re a liar and going straight to hell.”

The apostle John stated, “All liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimestone” (Revelation 21:8 KJV).  Paul told the Ephesias, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor” (Ephesians 4:25 NKJV).   We know what scripture says, but sometimes we find ourselves in “a gray area” which we paint white because we’re in it!

When truth seems too harsh for the ears of others, we justify the telling of “a little white lie.”  Some religions encourage lying if it will hide the more sinister aspects of their faith.   We usually think that is true of those religions which engage in terrorism.  Perhaps that thought is predominant in order to justify a lie we tell because we think no one will be hurt by it?  Are there circumstances where a lie is needed rather than the “truth”?

If a murderer asked if there is anyone else in the house, should the one being questioned be truthful by answering, “Yes, my four-year-old daughter is hiding in the closet and my twelve-year-old is under the bed”?  Who would condemn that parent’s “No,” under those conditions?  An abused spouse may lie to the abuser to avoid further abuse.  Life and circumstances may produce conditions where silence is better than the spoken truth.  Some would disagree and give their children up to the murderer or endure further beatings and broken bones by revealing all.  Each must decide the proper course for himself under his circumstances.  Paul stated, “Blessed are they whose sin the Lord will never count against him” (Romans 4:8).   Is it wrong to want to protect your children?  Paul later stated, “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Romans 5:20).  Doesn’t God know our heart and understand the reasons for our actions?  Further on Paul wrote, “Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).  When he wrote to the Corinthians, he said, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).  James stated, “Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).  Is it “good” or “bad” to want to protect your loved ones?

How many Christians treat the sins of others as worthy of punishment, but ignore their own?  Aren’t we lying to ourselves?  How many base their judgments of another on information that is “think-so” rather than “know-so”?  Aren’t we building a foundation to construct our conclusions that are based upon unreliable sources?  Isn’t that lying?  In what ways do we continue to lie about our feelings of being more faithful than others?  Are our sins not as bad as theirs?  Didn’t Paul warn, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12)?  He also admonished, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.  But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).  None are above temptation.  It’s easier to tell others about someone’s sin rather than confront the sinner himself.  Paul even stated, “I do what I don’t want to-what I hate” (Romans 7:15).  Did you know that the worse lies are those which we tell to ourselves?  Shouldn’t we rebuke ourselves?

The next time you and I are quick to point a finger and shout, “Liar, liar, pants on fire,” look, you have four pointing in your direction?  Perhaps there is a reason!