Is Lying Illegal?

While raising our children we taught them value of always telling the truth. But things have changed. A recent research poll said, “The majority of teens surveyed (71 percent) say they feel fully prepared to make ethical decisions when they enter the workforce. Yet 38 percent of that group believe it is sometimes necessary to cheat, plagiarize, lie or even behave violently in order to succeed. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of all teens surveyed think cheating on a test is acceptable on some level, and more than half of those teens (54 percent) say their personal desire to succeed is the rationale.  “

Which brings us to the present. The United States Supreme Court may have to decide if a law can be passed to make it illegal for politicians to make false statements while campaigning. This may sound ridiculous because most of us have taken it for granted that they all lie. Recently, our President said he had “misspoke” on several occasions.  I don’t believe that we will see lying becoming illegal. Lying is seen by our culture not only to be accepted but a necessity on occasion. While it may not be illegal to lie, it is still morally wrong.

  • But you want complete honesty,so teach me true wisdom.” Psalm 51:6
  • “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” Proverbs 12:19
  • “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;…John 16:13

A true Christ-follower is one that speaks the truth: “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor…” Ephesians 4:25

 

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