Saturday, July 29, 2006

Those Little White Lies

Let’s face it. We’ve all lied—probably even today. We’ve told that quiet girl at the locker beside us we like her dress when we didn’t. We’ve faced an annoying kid on the playground and made up a nice story not to have to play with him. We’ve all brushed off someone in a way that made us feel better about doing it.
We call these stories "white lies"—nice lies, but the fact is they’re still not truths. No matter how much easier they make our life in the short run.
The story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 shows us just how much God dislikes lies. Even though their lies were not mean ones, they still were enough to anger God. In the early days of the church, God needed to show that we couldn’t just "get one over" on the Holy Spirit like we might fool our teacher into believing that we really DID lose our homework on the way to school. Unfortunate for poor Ananias and Sapphira that they had to be our lesson.
Think for a few minutes about a recent lie you told. Did you rationalize it away as a "white lie" and not think about it again until just now?
God wants us to be like Him. Him who is Truth. Sometimes it might not be easy, but when we figure the way to always do it in love, then those around us take notice.

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