Today’s Blog: Do you lie or lie?
TODAY’S PROVERB: A righteous person hates lying, but the wicked acts in shameful disgrace. Proverbs 13:5, TLV
Okay. This was a bit scary. I decided to look up the definition of lie. Several dictionaries focused on the verb, “to lie.” But, rather than what I was looking for in relation to this proverb, they focused on the verb to lie down — as in to lie down on a bed.
Then, it went from strange to worse. One publication gave the definition: A lie is an assertion that is believed to be false.
Did you catch that? “Is believed to be false.” As in someone’s lie could be my truth. Yikes!
When I finally located the definition with clear values, I was relieved. Clear: a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood. something intended or serving to convey a false impression.
How ironic that our defining publications have become vague and misleading themselves.
A lie erodes the foundation of truth — even a small one like those odd definitions. Which is why our Heavenly Father hates them so much.
Lies destabilize whole nations — look at the Pogroms, Inquisition, Holocaust.
As children of the Most High, as redeemed souls, we must be especially diligent to watch for those lies. The seemingly innocuous ones that float around us in the media, government, businesses, and schools, even those we give as an excuse for being late or not flossing.
Let’s live truth. Let’s hate lying, and not just in others, but ourselves.