Do you tell the truth all the time or do you sneak in a few ‘white’ lies?
Growing up in the Amish/Mennonite culture had its advantages and disadvantages, its blessings and some things that I wouldn’t necessarily label as blessings. However the more I come in contact with today’s society, there are things that I see that we were taught growing up that I wouldn’t trade for the world! And I want my kids to learn these things too.
It has always bothered me when I hear someone tell a (as they label it) ‘white lie’… People use these to get out of commitments, appointments, work, you name it…
And the one that gets me the most, when they do it to their kids! How do you expect them to believe you later in life when you have something really important that you actually want them to believe?
Is there even something like a ‘white’ lie? How can something be a little wrong? It’s either a lie, or its the truth. Its either black or white!
Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Colossians 3:9
Recently my sister posted the following on Facebook:
Perhaps we were just TOO honest in my culture when I was growing up… To me there is nothing like a ‘white lie’, and if you intentionally give someone a wrong impression it’s the same as a lie. A lie is an untruth.
This ‘other’ culture drives me crazy. People try to leave a wrong impression to intentionally make someone believe something other than the truth and they think that leaves them innocent. I’m sorry that isn’t innocence. It’s called deception.
Why do people trust the Amish? They know they will be given the straight honest truth. This is a part of my heritage I am forever grateful for and it is something that is impossible for me to lose.
Smile to yourself and call it sweet innocence if you want. If you think you pulled something over me, think again. Not revealing to you that I know you aren’t telling me the truth isn’t innocence, it’s called wisdom.
I couldn’t agree with her more!
I know this may be a controversial subject, but I challenge you today to start living your life with nothing but the truth!
Atfer all, do you like being lied to?
Remember the ‘Golden Rule’.
Do to others as you would like them to do to you. Luke 6:31