Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Acting School (Part 15)
A Truthful Performance
Putting away lying, 'Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,' for we are members of one another.
Ephesians 4:25 (NKJV)
But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him Who is the Head--Christ.
Ephesians 4:15 (NKJV)
Surely, our God 'Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth' (1 Timothy 2:4) hates lying. For example, of the 'Six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him' (Proverbs 6:16), consider three of the seven:*
'A lying tongue... A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren' (v.17,19). Some of the sins Christians like to target didn't make the list. Nor did they make it into God's Top Ten. But lying did--as in not to do it.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ, don't lie. That's one act to avoid. Instead, practice a truthful performance, because your direction is light and no lie is white. If you falter, fess up. If a fellow performer is caught in the act (of lying), correct him gently--with humility.
Sure, it's hard. In this age of moral relativity and laissez faire, it's uncommon to correct anyone about anything.*** It's easier to turn a blind eye. But the other cheek is all we're supposed to turn. Christians are held to a higher standard.
Among the first disciples, Paul confronted his boss, Peter: 'Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed' (Galatians 2:11). To Peter's credit, he accepted Paul's correction--and was improved by it. It's part of God's system of checks and balances.
Because to hear or see a lie and do nothing about it makes you a liar, too. 'To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin' (James 4:17).
To Be Continued...
* Seven abominations to the Lord: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%206:16-19&version=NKJV
** God's Ten Commandments: http://biblescripture.net/Commandments.html
*** Definition of laissez faire: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/laissez+faire
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School series.