Anatomy of a Lie

NC-SA, JE, Flickr

NC-SA, JE, Flickr

Many years ago a senior level manager would periodically visit my group’s training class. We loved it whenever she visited. She was down-to-earth and told the best stories. Her most far-out story, however, was one of her own that left us stunned.  

Although the details are vague now, she explained how she once had a non-work event she just didn’t want to attend. Sometime that day she feigned a stomach illness, but her ploy backfired. Someone thought it serious enough to call an ambulance.

She was mortified and knew she’d be discovered. But rather than simply explain her lie, she continued her role play—all the way to the hospital where her stomach was pumped! The doctors were obviously inconclusive about her condition.

A World of Truth

Lies usually take us further than we desire to go. The nature of a lie is deceit, conscious and intentional falsehood; and a liar is self-serving, if only gaining by depriving others of something.

The Lord hates lying. I love the way Proverbs 12:22 reads in The Message—“God can’t stomach liars; he loves the company of those who keep their word.” Think on it: God is truth. Therefore, lying is as contrary to his character as anything could possibly be.

Truth characterizes everything that exists. Professionals in all fields integrate the truths (principles and laws) that pertain to their crafts and make life happen for us all. Solomon writes, “By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place” (Prov. 3:19).

Nothing built on lies and dishonesty remains for long. This is often what we see of people who rise high in some field and later come crashing down in ruin. Too often their success was built on falsehood.

Jesus spares no words on the matter: Satan is the father of lies and those who reject Truth are his children (John 8:43-44). I’ve learned to express my true feelings and not mislead or deceive myself or others. There is peace in this.

So cancel the ambulance. Stop faking it. Refuse lying. Choose honesty. God desires our well-integrated character.

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