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"Lyin' Eyes"
If you grew up in my era (70's High School) in 1975 the Eagles released a new song that rose up the song charts very fast. The song title: Lyin' Eyes. By now, after some of you have only heard the title, the chorus to this song is playing in your head. I can remember friends at my High School during breaks between classes in the smoking area, (and yes, my rural NC High School had a smoking area for students) singing this chorus.

You can't hide your lyin' eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you'd realize
There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes

Why bring up this topic? Well, I'm glad you asked. As I am writing this article (the day after the 2016 Presidential Debate) I can't help but see a common theme, "She's a liar" or "He's a liar." Nothing new, right? This has been the mode of operation for our election cycle for decades. That is true, but I'm not sure that it has been so blatant in past cycles as it has been in 2016. It appears to me that our politicians really don't mind telling a lie if they feel it will benefit them in someway. AND, there are only a few that will ever check out whether they have lied or not. I had someone say to me the other day, "So what, all politicians do it. We know they do it. What's the big deal?" I said, "It is a big deal for me. I don't know about you, but I do not like to be lied to." Response, "But these are politicians. It's what they do to get ahead." My response, "Exactly! And that is wrong."

Lying is nothing new. It started in the Garden of Eden as recorded in Chapter 3 of Genesis. Since then, lying has been a part of the fabric of the human soul. It still doesn't make it right to lie. But Marty, little white lies are OK, right? We all have the proclivity to lie. Let's say my wife walks out of the bedroom and says, "Honey, how do you like my new dress?" I say, "It's look great!" BUT, in my head I might be thinking, "Oh, Babe, it makes you look like a _______ fill in the blank, a elephant, a zebra, a clown, etc. I tell the lie to spare her feelings, right? I've heard it said that we would never want an entirely truthful society. When it comes though to lies that degrade, tear down, or malign a person, some say, that's where we should draw the line. What does the Bible say about lying? Let me just share a few.

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" Exodus 20:16 (the 9th Commandment)
"He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool." Proverbs 10:18
"A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will perish." Proverbs 19:9
"What is desirable in a man is his kindness, and it is better to be a poor man than a liar." Proverbs 19:22
"If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth." 1 John 1:6

Jesus was talking to the Pharisees about their blindness and not being able to see or speak the truth and says to them: "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44

Here in lies the problem, without Christ and His indwelling Holy Spirit, the father of all lies speaks. But there should be a change in the believer. The Apostle Paul states: "Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices" Colossians 3:9. When we lay aside our old self and become a new creation in Jesus Christ, our lives, our out look on life, the way we deal with others, respect others should change. There is no question about it!

In light of the recent chaos in Charlotte NC, one of the NFL players from the Baltimore Ravens had this to say. "Obama can't save us. Mrs. Clinton can't save us. Mr. Trump can't save us. The only one who can change the heart of man is the Lord." Benjamin Watson. Mr. Watson is correct. The LORD God is the only one that changes out hearts.

I don't know if a quote John Calvin said by him centuries ago is in play today or not when he said, "When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers." But I do believe that now we have become such a lying society, though you can't hide your "Lyin Eyes," that many just don't care.

Believers, we are to speak the truth, always, and in everything, speak the truth! Because as the Eagles sing, "There ain't no way to hide your lyin eyes. Others that hear you or me lie say, "See, you hypocrite." You can't hide. When we lie, we hurt our witness. We hurt the cause of Christ for the Kingdom. We have fallen into the ways of the world. We are better than that Believer! Christ's Holy Spirit has made us better than that. Thanks be to God!

Something to think about my friends.

Pastor Marty

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