By Serenity Beaumont, Spiritual Life Junior Division Head
“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” – James 1:26
I believe most of us have experienced a moment when a lie slips out of our mouths and the guilt that floods into our minds when we realize we have made a huge mistake. I definitely have experienced this one too many times. Let me share an example. When I was in first grade, I had the privilege of owning my very first Nintendo D.S. I remember one time I was playing a game so intensely that, when I lost, I bit the screen. I felt the screen shatter and crunch in my mouth, and my heart stopped. Not only did I mourn the loss of my D.S, but I knew that I also faced the inevitable punishment that would follow, because I lied about it.
My own experience reminds me of two people who will go down in biblical history as the first liars: Adam and Eve. These two individuals were created solely to embody the image of Heavenly Father. Instead they disobeyed God and sought to hide their lie from an omniscient God (Genesis 3). As much as Adam, Eve, and I wanted to hide our wrong doing and keep the spiral of lies going, we could not. God already knew that Adam and Eve sinned, and my mother ended up discovering my sin as well.
We can spend our whole lives running from the truth and live a life caught in up the tangle of our lives. However, we can never escape the punishment of our sin. We will always suffer the consequences of our mistakes. But of course this can be avoided by telling the truth no matter how difficult it might be. Just think, how would the story of Adam and Eve go if they were upfront about their mistake? How would that simple act of truth change the course of humanity?
There is a sense of respect and honor that comes when someone decides to tell the truth. We as human value honest individuals, and God does as well.