By Pastor Rod LaFee
Have you ever lied? For those of you who might not be quite sure, let me remind you of the Mirian -Webster’s definition of a lie. To lie is either “to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive”; or “ to create a false or misleading impression.” Remember the movie with Jim Carry in it called “Liar, Liar”. Jim plays a lawyer who is particularly good at stretching the truth. (Another term for a lie) After promising and then breaking his promise to show up at his five-year-old son’s birthday party, the son wishes his dad would be able to only say the truth for one day. The promise comes true and Jim’s character wakes up not being able to tell even the smallest of lies. Needless to say, this turns his world upside down – both personally and professionally. In one part of the movie, Jim’s character says, “ No one can survive in the adult world if they have to stick to the truth.” Do you think that is true? Do you think that is the typical attitude in our world today? Sadly, the answer to these questions has to be yes. 1. We lie for Self-Protection – we are afraid we are going to get into trouble, or that we will be rejected, or that it will put us in the middle of a confrontation, or it will hurt someone’s feelings, or we will lose our job. 2. We lie for Self -Centeredness -because you believe you will benefit from your lies. We might get recognition, or a promotion, or a job, or a date, or a credit card , or sympathy. How may people call is sick when they really are not? 3. We lie for Self-Importance- because of their pride. We either lie to safe face, or to cover up our mistakes, or to be liked, or to appear more important or more successful than we really are. There are many reasons to lie but to come right down to it, we lie because it is the easiest thing to do. I don’t know if you noticed, but the wrong thing always seems to be the easiest thing. C. S. Lewis once said, “ A little lie is like a little pregnancy it doesn’t take ling before everyone knows.” When we make a promise and then we break it, it is very much like telling a lie. We break promises many times because we just can not say no to that person. Our intentions are to help, but we find we just do not have the time. We either overestimated what we can do in a day or our abilities or we overextended our time. We get half way through the day and realize even superman could not do everything you have promised. This week I very much wanted to break a promise. I had told a friend I would deliver 300 books to him a particular afternoon. His plan was to wrap them up and give them out as Christmas gifts to needy kids. After loading the books in the car, I turned over the key and it would not start. I suspect the fuel pump has gone out. This meant I had to call a neighbor to come get me and take me home. I then had to start the old pickup so I could drive it. I then notice the windshield wipers were bad and I knew I would need them during these cold days. I then notice the back tires were getting thin so I had to run down and put on some tires I felt comfortable in the snow. After spending 3 hours of running around town just to get the pickup usable in this weather, the last thing I wanted to do was reload those books and deliver them. I was tired. God spoke softly to me and kindly reminded to not make promises I could not keep. He also reminded me of commitment – to keep the promises I make -even when it cost you. Matthew 5:33 says this “ Again you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break you oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’” Verse 37 “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be yes and your ‘No’ no; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” I very much wanted to get the car fixed while I could, but first things first, deliver the books and fix the car another day, when it gets warmer.