What about little white lies? You know, lies that don’t really hurt anybody?
Ahhhh, truth. It is almost extinct today, or at least on the endangered list!
- Your BFF tells you they love you one moment and then in the next breath, turns and talks about you behind your back.
- The phone rings, and you instruct your children to answer and tell the person on the other end that you are not able to come to the phone/sick/in the shower…
- You receive $20 extra with your change at the supermarket but put it in your pocket anyway, smiling as you walk out the door. After all, it wasn’t your fault! The cashier was the one not paying attention!
- “What’s the harm in a little white lie? “
- “EVERYONE lies!”
Unfortunately, many people DO lie at least regularly, or even daily. It has become their way of life. They have practiced dishonesty for so long that they are no longer capable of recognizing truth! They begin to believe the lie they told so firmly that they would fight to defend it as truth! They would never consider that in doing so, they are aligning themselves with Satan! More on that later.
As for the claim that “everyone lies,” thankfully we are not responsible before God for “everyone.” However, we are responsible for
Sadly, one of the results of this lifestyle of deceit is an inability to trust. Most humans believe others operate as they do. If they are not truthful, they have no reason to expect that others are truthful in their dealings with them! They will never really trust when someone says they love them and will stand by them. If their friend or significant other fails to answer their calls, they will find it difficult to accept that they may have actually been sick/in the shower/away from their phone. But the most grievous victim of the death of truth is – a healthy relationship with God. For He Who IS Truth, cannot hang out in the darkness of deceit.
Thankfully, the Scriptures instruct us about the proper handling of this disease of deceitfulness.
2 Cor 10:5
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
What does it mean to take every thought captive? Perhaps it means that we should stop all thoughts at the security post. If an inspection reveals the thought to be unholy, unhealthy, or untrue, immediate expulsion is in order. Remember – every action once began as a thought that was allowed to roam free or loiter.
Today, try to capture even “little white lies” before they leave your mouth or set up housekeeping in your mind, heart, and spirit. Make all your thoughts and words conform to The Way, The Truth, and The Life!