“Say what you mean – and mean what you say” I think all of us have heard the phrase, right? The meaning is pretty much self explanative .The thing is – do we all do it? Or, do we catch ourselves at times, trying to play the political social game? Attempting to satisfy the desires of the crowds, even if it means saying a few little white lies? If this is so, have we not only compromised our own integrity, but have we also belittled the crowds in our attempt to hide the real truth from them? If desires of the heart conflict with the artificial words coming out of our mouths – are we not deceiving what God has called us to minister truth to?
Can truth and lies come from the same mouth – I suppose it can, I think we see it everyday- amen? But as Christians, this should never be so. None of us here on earth right now are perfect. We can not control every thought that passes through our minds. What we can do however, is control what we do with those thoughts. We can choose which thoughts are good and are prosperous, and which ones will simply do harm. We can decide which ones we will agree upon and which ones we will rebuke. The problem is not all of us are doing so. Many in the church are attempting to do what we call – riding the fence. They haven’t yet decided which side of the fence their going to stand with, so they attempt to stand upon the fence and play on a safe neutral ground. Of course this doesn’t work. The outcome is always failure as they will fall from the fence in their indecisiveness or rebellion, which ever it may be.
If we look in the book of Matthew in chapter 23, reading verses 25 thru 38 we see the words of Jesus. It reads – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which looks beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth; all this will come upon this generation. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate.
It doesn’t take rocket science to see that Jesus most definitely doesn’t approve of little white lies or riding the fence – amen? His words are blunt and to the point – he pulled no punches so to speak. We as Christian have an obligation to attempt in all manners to walk in the same footsteps that Christ walked. We are to work diligently in role modeling ourselves as he was and to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
May each of us do what is found in Joshua 24 “choose you this day whom ye will serve”