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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager

Are You A Liar?




We who profess Christ know that one of the commandments is "Thou shalt not lie."


Yet I...and probably you...lie frequently.


I believe there are two lies that we all are...at least sometimes..tell.


The first is intentional, the second sort of accidental.


What's the first?


"Fine." "Doing well." "Great!" in response to a "how are you doing?" when, in fact, we've just had a fight with our spouse, we are struggling with porn, we yelled at our kid etc etc etc.


Why can't we be honest? Perhaps because we are afraid the asker will think there is something seriously wrong with us? Pride? Fear? Lots of reasons, but none make it excusable.


The second lie is unintentional.


That lie? Whether typed (keyboarded?) or said: "I'll be praying for you."


When I/we say it, we mean it...but we leak, we get overwhelmed with other stuff, we just plain forget. But we have said we would pray...we don't...so that's a lie.


How do I combat that? If appropriate, I pray with the requester right there and then. Otherwise I write it down so I do not forget,.


Because I don't want to be a liar.

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