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When Lies Go Public

By Don Loftis | 01.23.13

During the past week, two major sports scandals have been in the news.  After years of denial, Lance Armstrong admitted to various forms of doping in order to win cycling events that included the prestigious Tour de France.  Also, Notre Dame’s All American linebacker, Manti Te’o, has been implicated in a hoax that included the phony death of a non-existent girl friend.

While no one knows all the facts in these stories, it is apparent both of these talented athletes thought they could successfully hide the truth.  The reality is that lies will ultimately be exposed.  Proverbs 12:19 affirms, “Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment.”  Proverbs 21:6 adds, “The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.”

The truth may not always be easy to face, but deception merely digs a dangerous hole deeper.  In the sinner’s transformation in Christ, he is challenged by Paul, “Do not lie to one another, since you have laid aside the old self with its evil practices” (Colossians 3:9).  God hates the lying tongue (Proverbs 6:16-19), and Hell is populated with liars (Revelation 21:8) of whom the devil is the model (John 8:44).

The book of Ecclesiastes ends with this verse, “For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”  Even if we succeed in fooling folks regarding our cheating on taxes, our affair, or our hatred for someone, the haunting reality is that God knows it all.  Maybe it is time for us to come clean and confess our sinful secrets.  Forgiveness is the only hope.



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