We all know that honesty is a good thingâ€¦ except for Barry Soetoro who at Notre Dame has pronounced that morality is immoralâ€¦ but Iâ€™m speaking to people who are sane: people who know the difference between fantasy and reality. I speak to those who still can perceive that a difference exists between right and wrong; good and evilâ€¦ to us, honesty is moral. Honesty is a virtue that we should all pursue. Unfortunately, in our time, honesty is becoming quite rare. Our nation is led by liars. People are lied to all the time and they donâ€™t careâ€¦ they just keep voting to have liars rule over them. Even religious leader have no problems lying to their followers. They lie and say that sodomites and murderers of children can serve God as part of the church. But we know better because we have not yet given place to the strong delusion that God has sent upon the earth during these end times.
He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.Â Psalm 101:7
We can be assured that God still cares about honesty, and those who lie â€“ from the President all the way to youÂ – are nowhere near to God. But what if I told you that sometimes lying is good? Would you argue that we should always tell the truth, no matter what? Consider how the Hebrew midwives lied when asked why they werenâ€™t killing the Hebrew boys:
And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. 20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwivesâ€¦ Exodus 1:19-20
These people lied and their lies caused God to bless them.
Before you say that the midwivesâ€™ lies were commended because they saved the lives of others, consider the example of Joseph, a man concerning whom nothing bad is sid in the Bible. This man told his brethren to lie to the Egyptians:
And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? 34 That ye shall say, Thy servantsâ€™ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians. Gen 46:33-34
This lie was premeditated and selfish. Joseph told his brethren to lie, and his brethren did indeed lie for one purpose: selfishness. If Pharaoh had learned that Josephâ€™s brethren were shepherds, they would have not been allowed to stay in Goshen. To avoid this inconvenience, a lie was told, and through this lie, God developed the Hebrew people into a nation that would ultimately inherit the Promised Land.
Still related to honesty is the parable of the treasure in the field as told by Jesus:
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matthew 13:44 NIV
Here we have a man who happened upon a treasure in a field that he did not own. After finding this treasure, he hid it and then went about purchasing the field, knowing that it is worth much more than the selling price. We would ordinarily say that this man had an ethical duty to tell the owner about the treasure, so that he would not be defrauded by an unfairly low selling price. This did not happen, yet the man is used as an example by our Lord as one who exemplifies the kingdom of Heaven.
So, without doubt, we can assert that sometimes it is not only good to lie, but it is right to lie. To be sure, these examples directly contradict those who teach that we should never lie. What then are the guidelines? When is lying OK? How can we tell when God will be pleased with our deceit or when He will be angry with our deceit? Before you negatively judge someone for lying, youâ€™d better think twice!