Why do we lie to ourselves - have you ever asked yourself that question?
I think lying is as natural to a human being as breathing. It's what we do. I might be pointing fingers just a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’ve never lied. I think I lie to myself about a lot of things.
The fact is I’ve lied and been lied to. It’s the modus operandi of humanity. I've even seen a Ted Talk on the subject.
Lying is the opposite of telling the truth. Lying can be overt, or more subtle. It’s a clever distortion of the facts. For some, it's a survival tactic. We excuse it, dismiss it, and our culture even encourages it. I'm not saying that it's right, I'm just pointing out reality.
Lies are believable because they are wrapped up in a thin veneer of truth. A little investigation usually reveals a suspect statement to be a lie. People used to put more effort into lying, now even that’s become a lazy thing.
The very first lie can be traced back to Genesis. Adam and Eve believed a lie. They accepted a distorted view of God presented to them by the Serpent. Whether you consider the story to be myth, fact, or fantasy isn’t my concern. It illustrates a point. We lie to ourselves and to one another. We believe the lies we propagate and circulate on social media. Why?
It doesn’t feel good to be lied to. I’m grateful for grace, but I’m also pretty tired of being lied to. Lies are malicious. I’ve seen them destroy a persons reputation. Ask yourself this, how often do you clarify the facts after hearing some juicy gossip?
We’ve all done it, but lying helps no one. Speaking the truth is always the best policy, even if it hurts the ears of the hearer. This is a hard gut check. Examine yourself, are you wrapped up in telling lies and believing lies? Ideals are important, honesty is at the top of the list for me.
I'm inspired by the Life of Christ. I love what Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” in John 14:6. Another verse I love comes from Proverbs 26:7, “faithful are the wounds of a friend.” I see a bigtime need to be around people who speak the truth and don’t tell me what they think I want to hear.
Honesty, is honestly the best policy. Truth doesn’t have to justify itself or rationalize its own existence. Lies require endless amounts of explanation. That should be the first clue that we are lying.
Lord, help us learn the art of telling the truth so that we may prosper. In Jesus name, Amen.
Pastor Jeremy E.