In a popular movie called “Liar Liar”
Fletcher Reede’s son Max is so disappointed
by his Dad breaking promise after promise
that he makes a wish that his
Dad cannot tell a lie for 24 hours.
The wish comes true!
Fletcher justifies his painfully irresponsible behavior,
“Well, all adults lie. They have to lie to be adults.”
In the movie it’s especially funny because Fletcher is a lawyer! Most people believe using the terms lawyer and liar is being redundant!
“Liar Liar II” will probably be about a politician. If the presidential candidates weren’t allowed to accuse each other of lying, how long would the three debates have been? If you even considered heeding their pleas to come see their fact checks on their websites, would you really be expecting facts?
Now that the election is past, is all the lying over? All fingers uncrossed? Noses shrunk back to normal?
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wisely observed: “The old playbook says lie, deceive, obfuscate, make it to the next election. Leadership today in America has to be about doing the big things and being courageous.”
In an AP article April 18, 2016, “What’s Lying Beneath the Surface?—We all lie, scientists say, but politicians even more so,” Seth Borenstein claims, “We all stretch the truth.”
He says “Children learn to lie at an average of about three years old.” One study concluded that at age two, only 30% lie; by age three, 50%; by age five or six, 90%. The author of the study said he worries about the 10% who don’t lie!
What?! “We don’t like people who tell us the truth all the time”—Robert Feldman of the University of Massachusetts. So Feldman believes society rewards white lies.
In “The Hows and Whys of Lies” psychology researcher Bella DePaulo at the University of California, Santa Barbara, wrote that on average, students lied in every third conversation of 10 minutes or more and adults once every five conversations.
As bad as that sounds, Maurice Schweitzer from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Donald Trump’s alma mater, upped the anti: “I would say we’re lying constantly. Constantly.”
If so, the truth is we need to change because
God cannot lie (Tit. 1:2)
This makes Him and anybody who wants to become like Him and be in His Family different from Fletcher Reede. Though the lawyer couldn’t lie for 24 hours, he really wanted to!
“Liar Liar” implies that nobody can really expect anyone to go 24 hours without lying. But God demands eternity!
Rev. 22:15 warns: Outside are those “whoever loves and practices a lie.” Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44), won’t be there. Jesus Christ will expel him most likely on the first Day of Atonement of His new Kingdom on earth. And for those who persist in following the deceiver’s lead, eventually their sin will find them out—out of the Kingdom!
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said this about the Wikileaks State Department cables: “The problem is not that the purloined cables exposed U.S. hypocrisy or double-dealing … that’s the essence of diplomacy. That’s what we do; that’s what everyone does. Hence the famous aphorism that a diplomat is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country.”
What about us, Ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20)
A righteous man not only doesn’t lie—in white, green, or any other color—he hates lying (Prov. 13:5).
Proverbs 6 gives God’s list of seven abominations, and it’s telling that two are about lying! Someday David Letterman will no doubt change to a Top Seven List!
What about us right now? More than we would be careful before a worldly judge, not only in what we say but also in our actions, how much more so before the Righteous Judge and His perfect standard.
May we speak and live the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help us God.
Let’s do the big things and be courageous. Let’s be the 10% who worry others.
We want nothing less than a relationship with Him Who Cannot Lie. He wants to actually live in us and form Jesus Christ, the living and written Word of Truth (John 17:17), in us. No lie!
May all the lying be over for you.
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