Whenever Billy would complain about walking the bustop that was 100 ft fromthe house, Grandpa would tell the story of how bad it was when he was growing up. He would walk up hill to and from school! He had to walk in 3 feet of snow…in September!
We laugh at this because we know it is absurd. However, I wonder how often we embellish a story to make a point, or to impress, or to get that job we want, or to save our own skin.
At the end of 1 Samuel we read how King Saul died in battle. He was wounded and he fell on his sword. When his assistant saw that he was dead, he fell on his sword also. When we read the opening chapter of 2 Samuel we see soeone coming in to David and suggesting that Saul was not dead, but mortally wounded, and at the King’s request, he finished the job. In his hand were the crown and armband. He wanted David to have them. When I read that, at first, I thought something was wrong because there are 2 stories here of the same event. Which was true?
I know that the Bible is truth and does nto contradict itself. So I began to consider how there could be 2 stories. It dawned on me that this man must be an opportunist. He saw what happened and wanted to secure for himself a better position in the new regime! So he fibbed a little. He started with the fact that they were dead. But when pressed by David on HOW he knew this, he lied. He assumed David wanted Saul dead. We know this isn’t true because of the times he refused to kill him even when it would have been easy. This man thought he could tell a white lie, present the crown and armband, and be ushered into the highest of positions under the new king.
Or so he thought.
The problem with lying is that you have to tell more to cover the others. Creating a web of lies that mask the original is tedious and exhausting. When given the chance, tell the truth and trust God to handle it. Telling the samllest lie will corrupt your integrity and cause a shortfall publicly. It is not worth it, ever. Those white lies that got you the job will come back later. Those white lies in the beginning of the romance will hurt later. Those white lies are dangerous.
What about those that we tell to salvage someone’s feelings? The dreaded question of how a dress looks to a husband can be difficult. I think we should salvage feelings and not be harsh with people. If you cannot avoid it, then at least be gentle and kind. The Bible says to speak truth in love. We had better figure out how to that or we are sunk!
How have telling white lies harmed you over the years?