Pants On Fire

Proverbs 12:19 “The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.”

Lying, believe it or not, is a sin; always has been. Big, little, no matter how we look at it, no matter the reason, it’s a sin. ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire’ is something I’ve heard as far back as I can remember. Growing up if you called someone a liar, you better be ready to fight, it was a big deal. I’m not bragging, but I’ve conjured up some fantastic reasons to lie; to protect myself, to protect others, to avoid conflict, but looking back, I have to agree with the Bible, it’s all sin. Not only have I learned that lying is always wrong and telling the truth is always right, but to tell the truest, most complete version of the truth is the best thing to do. This Bible verse is talking about being established by truth and how lying is always temporary. One lie is never enough. The only way to change the habit or addiction of lying is to change the way we think about it. Pr.16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Lying is one of those sins that is like a cancer. Usually by the time it is detected, it has already spread. It will never just go away on its own. It has to be dealt with and dealt with completely and even then, you have to constantly be on the lookout. Eph.4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: Col.3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. Pr.12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. Refuse to lie. We need to change the way we look at lying. “Liar, liar, pants on fire…” Rev.21:8b and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: Maybe that’s where the phrase came from. Either way, lying bad, truth good. Save yourself some real trouble, tell the truth.

Tim Tullos | YP
Patuxent Baptist Church
Great Mills, MD