Lies, Rumors, and Deceit
As Martin Luther would say, “What does this mean?”
“We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.”
-Lutheran Small Catechism
So, you want to sell your car. You’d like to get $5000 which is roughly what BlueBook says it’s worth…in excellent condition. So, you put the ad on Craig’s List with a glowing description…which would have been more accurate 3 years ago. The problem is you know there’s an issue with A/C and the transmission slips a bit in higher gears. But it’s winter and what are the chances whoever test drives the car will get it up to 5th gear?
Someone responds and they take it out for a spin. They don’t turn the A/C on and they only drive around the neighborhood. Phew! You’re in the clear…right? I mean, technically, you haven’t lied…right?
You’re at the office that annoying guy walks by talking to himself. The person in the cubical next to yours pops their head around the side of the cubical and starts imitating the guy. You laugh and join in. It’s all in good fun…right?
You found out that your neighbor used to sell drugs 20 years ago and even spent a few months jail. Then you saw your other neighbor out watering their lawn. You have tell them…for safety…right?
Perhaps you are up front about the issues with the car, even if it means you get less money.
Perhaps, instead of laughing and mocking the guy, you ask your co-worker to stop and let them know that annoying guy is actually really good tech support work and fixed an issue on your computer last week that no one else could figure out.
Perhaps, you don’t mention the drugs and jail time to your neighbor and, if they say something about it, you remind them that was 20 years ago and what a great neighbor they have been.
God has plenty of dirt on all of us. True dirt. Yet, Christ approaches the throne of God on our behalf. He argues for forgiveness by His blood. As it says in
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
-1 John 2:1
You come to our defense, even to the point of Your own death. May we do the same for our neighbor.
In Christ’s Service,