On my way to work when I was still filling out a timesheet, a panhandler asked, ‘Do you have any change?’ as I idled behind a line of automobiles at McDonald’s. Before the request was out of his mouth I replied, “I don’t have any change.”
My rationale for not looking for the change and answering so quickly was that I shouldn’t give to male vagrants for fear my wallet or purse could be snatched. As soon as the lie left my mouth, I had misgivings. While I looked in my car ashtray for quarters, the beggar shouted, “I know you have change.”
When I pulled up to pay for my coffee, I yelled through my rolled-down window, “You don’t know what I have and if I had any coins I definitely wouldn’t give it to you.”
I mumbled to myself, ” He has the gall to be arrogant when he’s begging.”
I paid for my coffee and went to work. The Holy Spirit convicted me as I sat at my desk; that was not the Christian response, even if the drifter was out of order. Saints are expected to be loving, giving, and honest.
Those untruths we think doesn’t affect others – we call little lies or white lies. “We didn’t hurt anyone,” we rationalize.
But the tales are still untruths – white, black, orange, purple, or polka-dot – a lie is a sin in the sight of God.
We, earthlings, think there are categories of dishonesty and sins – “little lies, big lies,” “white lies, black lies,” “little sins, big sins.”
God hates lies and sin – white, black, little or big.
I pray now that God will help us remember that Jehovah sees all and He does not categorize sin.
Help us to not tell little ‘white’ lies or any lies. Help us be honest in all situations and trust the Holy Spirit to give us the right words to say in any scenario.
I ask God to remove the lying spirit from us.
We do not want to leave a legacy of ‘lying.’
“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”____________Shakespeare
What are your feelings about telling little, white lies?
Repost from 2015