Two important facts
For reading & meditation: Proverbs 6:12-19
“There are six things the Lord hates ‘ a false witness who pours out lies ‘” (vv.16, 19)
We return to the question we raised yesterday: What if someone came to your house to murder a member of your family and asked if that person was in? Would it not be right to lie in such circumstances? The “situational ethics” people would say “Yes.” The Bible, in my opinion, says, “No.” Situational ethics is notorious for coming up with hypothetical situations in which a person must sin because that is what ought to be done. But once we view sin as a “must” and an “ought,” we are finished. A Christian view of ethics rejects every constructed situation which the situational ethics people advance because it fails to take into account two important biblical facts. First – God’s sovereignty. God will always make a way for His people to avoid sinning. Second – the Holy Spirit’s power. The believer is encouraged not to worry about what to say in difficult situations. “At that time you will be given what to say” (Matt. 10:19). Also, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). God is not ignorant or stupid. He did not fail to see that sometimes His laws would seem to contradict one another. He knew full well that there would be occasions when it might seem prudent from a human point of view to violate one of His principles, hence His promise to us in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Those who try to excuse the breaking of any of God’s moral laws on the pretext that it feels “right” or seems “good” sow the seeds of disruption in their own inner being. It is not the way of wisdom.
Father, Forgive us that so often we prefer human wisdom to divine wisdom simply because it “feels” right. Help us to trust Your Word even when it runs counter to our own feelings. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
For further study:
1. What conclusion had the psalmist come to?
2. How does Paul communicate God’s abhorrence of lies?