This week, I had to deal with a situation in my office. I had two students, they were both supposedly friends, but one wasn’t telling me the truth about an incident out on the playground. This one student was so convincing that I thanked him and asked him to go back to class.
However, I kept investigating and pulled in another student who gave me some new information that proved that this student wasn’t telling me the truth. I dealt with everything, including the student that outright lied to me. I guess the thing that blew me away is how easy it was for this student to lie with a straight face and be so convincing.
Is lying a skill that we might want as Christians? I don’t think so!
In John 8, Jesus said, ” 44 You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars.”
Yeah, so I don’t think we want to throw our hat in with the Devil. So lying isn’t something we want to do.
But, many would says that there are times when lying or not telling the truth has a benefit to it.
We can all identify with times when not telling the truth saved someone’s feelings. “Does this make me look fat?… Do you like my new haircut?” If we kept to telling the truth ALL the time, we would have to all have thick skin.
And there are times when our little “white lies” are said to protect someone. For example, if a spouse left an abusive spouse, and you were helping her get back on her feet, and the spouse came looking for her, would you tell him where she was? What if he was unstable and threatened her or even your family? We wouldn’t think twice about saying, “No, I don’t know where she is…The last time I heard, she was moving away.” Is this justified? Would you now be the son or daughter of the “Father of lies?”
Let’s look at Scripture, Exodus 1.
15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may live.” 17 The Hebrew midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?”
19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before a midwife can get to them.”
20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very numerous. 21 Since the midwives feared God, He gave them families. 22 Pharaoh then commanded all his people: “You must throw every son born to the Hebrews into the Nile, but let every daughter live.” Exodus 1:15-22 (HCSB)
In this passage, God blessed the Hebrew midwives. The Scripture says that “they let the boys live.” So, they could have not let the boys live. But they didn’t. Why? Because they “feared God.”
Psalms 111:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever.”
Fear here means respect or reverence. The Hebrew midwives respected or revered God more than Pharaoh.
Later, when Pharaoh confronted the midwives, they told Him an outright lie, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before a midwife can get to them.”
The Bible says that God blessed the midwives.
The heart of the issue is who are you going to obey, Pharaoh, the devil or God? It seems that God is OK with not telling the truth when it means saving lives and protecting the innocent.
Some people might have problems with this. And people who aren’t believers would say that we are hypocrites. But like I said above, the difference is walking in reverence and respect to God, not man.
Should we start finding ways to lie? No, I’m not saying that! But when it comes to saving lives, God seems to be ok with it.
In looking up this Scripture and topic, I found many places online where Christians said you shouldn’t tell a lie for any reason. So, if you were in Nazi Germany, would you have told a lie to save a young Jew from going to a concentration camp? Many people told lies to help Jews escape persecution. How would God look on that?
The Bible says in 1 Peter 1, “13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.”
“In all your conduct…”
In our world, as Christians, we should be examples of the grace of God, bear “good fruit” and point others to Jesus. This is easy to do when things are “normal.” But what if things in our world get out of control? Be it end time persecution, an economic crash or a world-wide pandemic, there might be times that we are called upon to help protect the lives of innocent people.
Many preppers look at those times as a time when you should board up your home, bust out your firearms and hide. But maybe, God doesn’t want the Christian prepper to do that. We might be called to be out there, “letting the boys live,” helping as much as possible, being light. And in those times, we might have to tell a lie to help save the lives of others.
Would you do that?