lies

Sex and Lies

Sex and Lies

Sometimes I'll catch one of my kids telling a half-truth. You know how that goes. One is all too eager to describe the offense the other has committed, while leaving out pertinent information related to the motives of the accused. It’s not really a half-truth so much as a complete lie. Exodus 20:16 says, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Such is the ninth commandment, one removed from the end. Lying, or only telling half the story, for the purpose of deceiving, cheating, or causing harm, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual harm, to our neighbor (or sibling) is prohibited. Additionally the commandment requires the adherent to deal in truth, promoting “our own, and our neighbor’s good name, especially in witness bearing.”[1] Don’t lie. Tell the truth. How mundane. That is until we suddenly awaken to the unintended consequences of having not effectively witnessed to or invested fully in the truth. For example, there has been in America a failure on the part of the Church and its members to witness completely, which is say truthfully, to the unique identity of human beings as a distinctive class within God’s creation. As a result our credit is near running out.