Russell and Duenes

Lies Do Not Become Us

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We have gotten so used to speaking and hearing lies that we’ve come to think of it as a small matter. Politicians lie about their real policy positions and intentions. Supreme Court nominees dissemble when asked for their legal views. Students plaigarize papers with great regularity. Employees lie about hours worked or falsify important documents. Witnesses lie on the stand. Spouses lie to each other about money or their whereabouts. People lie about their taxes. And on and on in a downward spiral. Everybody lies, right? Can it be that big of a deal? I read this sentence yesterday in Psalm 5 and wondered how big a deal lies and deceit are to God: “You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors.” That sounds pretty grim. What else does God say about it?

Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. (Ps.24:3-4)

Everyone who swears by God will glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped. (Ps.63:11)

Surely you, O Lord, desire truth in the inner parts. (Ps.51:6)

He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me. (Ps.101:7)

There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:…a lying tongue…a false witness who utters lies. (Pr.6:16-19)

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will not escape. (Pr.19:5)

If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, all his ministers become wicked. (Pr.20:17)

They bend their tongue like their bow;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” declares the LORD.
4“Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor,
And do not trust any brother;
Because every brother deals craftily,
And every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.
5“Everyone deceives his neighbor
And does not speak the truth,
They have taught their tongue to speak lies;
They weary themselves committing iniquity.
6“Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the LORD. (Jer.9:3-6)

Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me. (Hosea 7:13)

Woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage; her prey never departs. (Nahum 3:1)

Jesus said, ‘You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. (Eph. 4:25)

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices. (Col.3:9)

But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Rev.21:8)

I think it’s a big deal. Every virtue must have honesty and integrity at its root. This is a truth I need to hear and heed over and over again. O Lord, will you make us, your people, a people of truth, integrity and faithfulness, in whom there is no guile or deceit. Amen.



Written by Michael Duenes

July 26, 2010 at 9:09 am

Posted in Duenes, Theology

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