The election in America for the presidency is in full swing and so is lying. Politicians lie as if the public doesn’t have the right to the truth. Senator Cruz lies. Mr. Trump lies. Senator Sanders lies. Secretary Clinton lies. It doesn’t matter who is elected, Americans can’t expect anything from the one elected. Elections are nothing but lies and allusions, smoke and mirrors. Evidently, the best liar always wins in this world, but in the world to come liars have a special place in hell.
Like Jeremiah, I weep for my nation (Jer. 9:1). I believe that many people, both in and out of the government, are very careless with the truth. How can we trust officials in government when they lie to us and lie again to cover up other lies? How long can a government stand when her foundation is not truth and righteousness, but dishonesty and moral corruption? How long will God spare a nation which praises the things which he abhors? How can children of the Most High praise wickedness?
One of the things that the Bible has impressed upon my mind is that God hates lying! “There are six things which Jehovah hates; Yes, seven, which are an abomination unto him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue . . . a false witness that utters lies, and he that sows discord among brethren” (Prov. 6:16-19). “Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah; But they that deal truly are his delight” (Prov. 12:22). Jesus said of the devil, “When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar and the father thereof” (Jn. 8:44). Jesus is “full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1: 14). There was “no guile found in his mouth” (1 Pet. 2:22).
Do you think God’s attitude toward lying has changed? If you do, you are in for a great surprise at the judgment day. “But for the fearful, and unbelieving. . . and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone; which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8). Did you notice that “all liars” are going to be in a lake of “fire and brimstone”? That includes those who tell “little white lies”, “lies to get ahead”, “lies of convenience”, and any other kind of a lie. “Without are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and murderers, and the idolaters, and every one that loves and makes a lie” (Rev. 22:15).
Honesty is the best policy because it is God’s policy! It is far better to lose at this life telling the truth than to win at this life telling a lie (Mt 16:24-26). Lying destroys our trustworthiness, credibility, faithfulness, respect, reputation, and our souls. Be not deceived, lying is not honorable. “Righteousness exalts a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 13:34). Tell the truth all the time for no lie is of the truth (1 Jn 2:21). And remember, only the truth shall make you free (Jn 3:32).