Lies. We believe them, we repeat them, and we tell them.
Have you ever wondered why we give ourselves over to something we know to be both harmful and wrong? We tolerate being lied to, and we actually like to tell the occasional untruth ourselves. Why?
Could it be that falsehood is more comfortable to us than the truth is? That it better serves our purposes of being liked and included? If we have to refashion reality so that it fits into our likes and lusts, so be it. If we have to prevaricate, exaggerate, or embellish to make it so, we will.
We don’t actually want deception to be our friend. But we’re willing to hang out with him.
But this is not what God wants for us. When He qualified us to “share in the inheritance of the saints in light” and “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Colossians 1:12–13 ESV), God set us free from the entanglement of hypocrisy in all its forms.
It was once our nature to like deception, to participate in it, to prefer approval over truthfulness. But that was when the father of lies was our father too.
However, we’re not related to him anymore! It’s time to cut the family ties and embrace the ways of our new Father.
Say YES to God by living honestly rather than hypocritically … by telling the truth rather than refashioning facts to support your deceptions … and by trusting God through quick obedience rather than considering—even for a moment—the Enemy’s opposing arguments.
“The serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God actually say, . . . ?’” (Genesis 3:1).