It is truly exhausting to exist with others that profess Christ yet participate in things that support this present culture of moral decline. Are we the ones swimming against the current or are we going with the flow? In this case, I’m addressing the issue and practice of lying.
Lying is often dormant within the seed pride. Lying and telling falsehoods is a serious problem. It should not be taken lightly. As evil pervades our society, it is evident that lying and creating falsehoods has become to be acceptable behavior and is celebrated. (source: health benefits to lying #foolishness). Heck, everybody does it, so what’s the big deal? The big deal?
Perceptions, Objections, and White Privilege
Recently, I witnessed an exchange between my boss and a fellow employee. The employee asked whether or not we (my boss and I) received a request that required some action on our part. It was important because it affected her wages. Additionally, she stated that the request was submitted by her supervisor. She was stressed about it because she’d procrastinated until the eleventh hour to follow up.
Lie #1: She stated that she submitted the request to her manager and he sent it to us.
Lie #2: She stated that the request was sent by email to both of us.
My boss listened to the employee’s dramatic performance detailing why she waited so long to follow up. I was hoping that my boss would exercise some wisdom by asking questions that would help this employee’s situation; and at the same time, direct her on the right right path of truth. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying she should’ve blasted her on the spot, but communication can be an effective tool to foster integrity. I viewed it as an opportunity to display God’s grace in Christ, but no dice. The issue was handled quickly and the conference call ended. What followed was a period of uncomfortable silence between my boss and I. We both knew this employee had been lying. After a minute or so, I asked my boss, a Caucasian Sister-in-Christ, how she felt about the fact that this employee was so comfortable about lying. To my surprise, my boss responded with a lie and she acted as if nothing happened. WHAT?! I couldn’t believe it! This gave me a moment to pause. I wondered if she was grieved as I was. In terms of corporate integrity, I wondered if she felt that the matter should be discussed with the employee’s supervisor. Truthfully speaking, I wondered if the sin of partiality or White privilege would not allow her to see it objectively. As a business professional, I was disturbed, as her subordinate, I questioned her integrity, then I’m reminded, “To much is given, much IS required”.
Weight of Responsibility
This incident grieved me a great deal because the employee did not have a sense of consciousness of how her “carefully crafted” falsehoods could’ve resulted in serious consequences; given the right circumstances. It never occurred to her that her lies could’ve caused the loss of a job or an unjustified reprimand. It’s one thing to lie about yourself but it’s another thing when you involve another human being. This is hypocritical of the American culture.
What wounded me most was that my so-called “Sister in Christ” didn’t discern or acknowledge the wrongdoing. She was in a position to lead with integrity but chose to avoid it. Additionally, It was apparent that she didn’t feel empowered to inspire another to change within our immediate subculture. I guess it was too much work.
As Christ followers, we must be vigilant to guard ourselves against lying and being content with the status quo “Bearing false witness against your neighbor” is one of the commandments and it hangs on the law of loving my neighbors as myself. We also should be willing to address it when it another is harmed by it. The Bible is clear about how to address this issue, even in a secular society. It is an abomination according to Proverbs 12:22.
Additionally, it is written:
New Testament Christians are exhorted in Ephesians 4:17–32
The New Life
 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.  They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.  But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,  to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  and give no opportunity to the devil.  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)
Truth is not an option for the Believer and loving people in the Truth of God’s word will help us navigate this narrow road if we are willing to face those challenges that are hard and unpopular. No servant is greater than his Master. Selah.