Author: Bruce W. Roeser
Key Text: Rom 6:1-
Is it OK – to tell a “white” lie? How about “social” lies? Is it OK to lie “just a little bit” to save big money? Let’s look at a few situations that are all too familiar today.
2 parents are taking the kids to the zoo for the afternoon. Upon arriving at the zoo they discover that the cutoff age for the “child” price of admission is 12-
A business man who works for a large corporation does some consulting on the side once-
An employee wants to take a day off but has used all of his vacation time. On a particular day he wants to go fishing instead of going into work so he calls in “sick” then goes fishing. His rationale: “They wouldn’t give us sick days if they didn’t want us to use them!”
An individual wants a new game for his computer but doesn’t have the money for it. So, instead of saving up for awhile (as he would have to do with anything else he wants) he borrows a friend’s copy and makes a copy for himself – the rationale being that the big rich company that made the game won’t miss one copy!
Though I only outline a few situations here I think it’s safe to say that it would be easy to come up with a whole lot more.
We are a nation (world) of liars. We have become very adept at it – deception is one of our most finely tuned abilities. The question, however, is how are we to behave as saints of the Most High God? How much lying is “acceptable” behavior in the life of a believer? Is it a matter of degree? Let’s look at some scripture and let HIM do the talking.
Eze 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
Luk 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Act 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Rom 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Rom 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
2Co 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
2Co 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1Pe 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
It is safe to say (from the above references) that honesty is preferable. Next … what does the scripture have to say about lying? Let’s see if we can detect some kind of degree of lying – whether it says anything about “social” lying or “white” lies?
Liars and Lying
Comment: Notice that liars are listed on an equivalent level with murderers!
Tit 1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
Rev 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Pro 24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.