Remove the Rock of Lying
As we look at removing the “rock” of lying this week we turn to Ephesians 4:25, where Paul specifically warns against lying to our Christian brothers and sisters. Here are three ways lying within the Church can distract us in our faith and be detrimental in our witness to non-Christians:
First, starting and spreading lies in the Church leads to distrust among the members of the Church. Whether it is a “white” lie, a malicious rumor, or some kind of false teaching, lying between Christians creates a lack of trust that prevents us from experiencing the close fellowship with one another that God intends for us here on Earth. What is so important about having close fellowship with other Christians? Galatians 6:2 says we are to “bear one another’s burdens,” Hebrews 10:24 says we are to “stir up one another to love and good works,” and 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says we should “encourage one another and build one another up.”
Second, lies and falsehoods within the Church will undoubtedly be noticed by people outside of the Church. People who are outside the Church should be able to look into the Church and see us loving each other, caring for each other, supporting each other, and being honest with each other. Lies and falsehoods in the Church – which will only bring drama and conflict – will not reflect anything different from what non-Christians are used to seeing in the world every day. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.” Our interactions with other Christians should cause non-Christians to notice that we’re unique.
Third, lying within the Church creates distractions for Christians in their personal walk with God. Even the most mature Christians can experience a lapse in their focus on God if they get caught up in the web of a lie. Colossians 3:2 says, “set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on Earth.” Lies within the Church take our focus off “things that are above”, distract us from our faith, and have a negative impact on our ability to serve as witnesses to the world for Jesus.
~ Cory Wilson