Friday, January 24th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: Don't Speak Deception
These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 12:22 (NKJV)
Among the seven abominations, I've tripped over the second one, too: a lying tongue, as in speaking falsely. Funny thing: I would call myself honest.
But before I rest on misplaced laurels, I refuse surrender to self-deceit... because lying takes many subtle forms.
Therefore, self-reflection is essential, so I ask it of myself and my kin.
Obviously, God knows all about me, and He's gentle with self-revelations. But consider one common form of lies: exaggeration--or upping the truth. Like a scriptwriter adding more drama, because the world likes mind-blowing action.
But does God's truth need man's embellishment? I don't think so, so we must rein it in.*
Now consider the slyest form of lies: mixing nine parts fact with one part fiction. I believe it's Satan's favorite dish. Because of its innocent appearance, countless people have been sickened or killed from this devious, devilish delight.
Also consider what we call white lies. Like saying someone looks good--who doesn't. Like phoning in sick to work--when we aren't. Or lying to get out of a contract: like a commitment we come to regret or a promise we don't want to honor.
But can any lie be thought of as white? Didn't some of God's Own stars tell white lies?**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're truth-tellers and story-tellers. Can you do both with integrity? Since you serve a God of intentions Who sees into your heartfelt motives, I believe your answer can be YES. Fans want to watch genuine people.
At the same time, God hates a liar. So let's pray King David's wise request: 'Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips' (Psalm 141:3, NKJV).
Proverbs For Performers: Don't Speak Deception (Part 24)
* Guilty. Working on it. Exaggerators often use words and expressions like 'always,' 'never,' 'absolutely,' 'the best,' 'the worst,' and 'the most.' God owns all superlatives.
* Previous 8-part Devotion series, called, Superlatives!: http://careylewisdevotions.com/superlatives-part-1-their-rightful-owner
** Some of God's heroes told partial truths and/or said what some might call lies. In addition, unsung war heroes have lied to save the lives of victims in hiding. So when is it right to lie? That answer is between God and each of His people. But surely, lying for selfish purposes (gaining attention, harming another, profiting wrongly or reneging on an obligation) cannot be right.
** Somewhat lengthy, Bible-referenced and interesting article: White Lies--Lies Approved by God: http://www.thepathoftruth.com/teachings/white-lies-approved-by-god.htm
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.