Pants On Fire!
Bible Character: Peter
After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man.” Matthew 26: 73-74 NIV
Why would Peter lie about knowing Jesus? Was he afraid that if he admitted to knowing him they would kill him?
Why, do we still struggle with telling the whole truth?
Save Our Skin
We are just like Peter. Sometimes we’re faced with tough circumstances and we avoid telling the truth in an attempt to “save our skin”. Similar to children, we do everything to keep from getting in trouble. The consequences of telling the truth STILL push us towards dishonesty.
The Small Half-Truths
Ok, so maybe we don’t tell the “big” lies anymore, but aren’t there lots of small, indirect ways we are not being forthright?
Maybe we take credit for other people’s work? Instead of using that opportunity to lift up someone else, we put ourselves forward.
Occasionally we tell half-truths…which are really whole-lies. We don’t tell people quite EVERYTHING, leaving out a few details in an attempt to accomplish our agenda and subsequently avoid being straightforward.
So, what’s the problem with all of this?
If you want people to lose their confidence in you then be dishonest. You will accomplish your goal quickly. The greatest leaders are trustworthy, and honesty is one of their pure characteristics. It sounds like a small thing, but so does a small lie.
Peter obviously progressed past his untruth to become the rock of the Christian Church and one of the most important people who ever lived. How are we progressing past our untruths to be the best leaders God has called us to be?