Telling the truth seems so outdated today. There use to be a time where a mans word was his bond, now we say “you can tell he is lying, his lips are moving” and still elect him president. We play fast and loose with the truth feeling the ends justify the means. It is ok to lie to our boss about feeling sick and get upset with our children when they do the same to us. Look at what we are teaching and compare it to the Bible:
Pro 6:16-17 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood
We think in terms of the “little white lie” but God says it is an abomination to Him and places it on the list ahead of murder. The moral here: sin is a sin to God.
Eph 4:25 ¶ Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another
Here the command is plain: don’t lie, tell the truth. But what really hit me was the other verse I read in this chapter:
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ
Speak the truth in love. It is not about how close we can come to lying without actually telling the truth (i.e. “It depends on what the meaning of “Is” is.) And it not about being mean in the matter of telling the truth (if your girl asks you if this dress makes her look fat, do not say “it is not the dress”. Just trust me on this, and it does not matter if you were just joking). What matters it that we are truthful and kind. Once you have that reputation you can speak the truth and people will listen.