“Am I truthful? Are there any conditions under which I will or do tell a lie? Can I be depended on to tell the truth, no matter the cost?”
The first self-examination question from the E. Stanley Jones book Victorious Living is about truthfulness. He pointed to Colossians 3: 9, 10 as the biblical basis for this series of questions about speaking the truth -- “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator”
Jones and St. Paul don’t leave any wiggle room. Lying to another Christian is never justifiable; the truth must always be told. I’ve been trying to sit with their adamance first thing in the morning as part of the Confession section of my ACTS prayer.
The practice is having an impact. Turns out that there are conditions under which I will lie--
Yikes! I confess. I am the opposite of Jones and Paul. I leave myself room to wiggle, backup, turn around, and cartwheel. Christ, I trust that you will help me sort out when being less than truthful is a kindness and when it’s just me being lazy.