Summary: A sermon looking at the call upon Christians to tell the truth, to live in the truth and to realise that God delights in the truth!
We live in a society which is prone to exaggeration: think about this I found this in yesterdays Press, what kind of car is this? “The sportier, sleeker, you won’t want to stop. One look and you’ll be seduced by the curves and fine lines. With even more specification and features than you could ever imagine. “I’ve got quite an imagination, I hope they’re right, sorry back to the advert, “book a test drive, but be warned, you may want to book ahead.”
What car is this that seduces, with its fine lines that people are booking up to test drive. Audi, BMW, Lexis no none other than the Sportier, sleeker Honda Civic.
Not that I’m knocking Civics’ I’ve owned one myself, but did you pick up the exaggeration.
Or this how many stars out of five would you give this report, from Kate Rodger of TV3 talking about Michael Jacksons This is it, this is what she said. “It’s like watching one of the best live experiences ever seen.” That great it gained four and a half stars. Mmm slight exaggeration in her comments then.
From exaggeration to lies. Illicit Cola says this. Life wouldn’t be much fun without a bit of entertainment and mischief. Don’t grow old and boring – live life on the edge. Take a dirty big gulp of illicit and get amongst it! Illicit cola – it’s good to be bad.
Well the times I’ve been bad weren’t good. In fact it’s a complete contradiction in terms. I also know that you can have plenty of fun while keeping out of mischief and living life on the edge for me was in the outdoors not hyped up on caffeine.
Why these examples? Truth is an interesting thing and this is what we are going to explore today, there are four Proverbs in the book of Proverbs all grouped fairly closely together that talk of the value of truth and the negative points of lying, as well as a few hints on how to tell the truth. Let’s look at the proverbs now then spend a little time dissecting them.
12:17: “A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.”
12:18: “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
12:19: “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”
12:22: “The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.”
Now why spend any time at all talking about truth and lies, falsehood and the like?
Because in life we are going to come across the odd spin doctor, the odd yarn spinner, yip liars. I’m not talking about those who write fiction, I’m talking about those who are what can be referred to by many colloquial terms that I can not use from the platform, so I will say they are liars.
Just so we are on the same page, here’s a story about a famous story teller. This is an example of a piece of fiction.
Napoleon often told this story: Once, while visiting a province he came on an old soldier with one arm severed, dressed in full uniform. On his uniform the proud fighter displayed the coveted Legion of Honor. “Where did you lose your arm?” Napoleon asked. “At Austerlitz, sire,” came the soldier’s brisk reply.