There are very few weapons more powerful than a lie. Our society shivers in fear of the abundance of weapons like guns and the ease with which explosives can be crafted. We blame these weapons as the cause for the tragedies we hear about on the news. We apprehensively call out for our lawmakers to pass stricter laws to control and make access to these weapons more difficult. But I submit to you that even these destructive man made weapons pale in comparison to the powerful weapon of a lie. I will venture even to modify my thesis and say that in truth, the tragedy of an Aurora, or of a Newton were all fruits borne out of the seed of a lie.
Lies are seeds sown, which go on to produce fruits like anger, fear, hatred, rage, and the like. The abundant seeds of lies have been spread about on the fertile acreage of our society, taken root at its heart, producing far greater tragedies than any one individual marching into a crowded theater with lots of ammunition can ever cause. Each day we are fed on solid lies. Lies of beauty cause many a naïve girl to take on unhealthy diets or to take great pains to look like a computer generated image which cannot be realistically attained. Lies of riches and a luxurious life send many young males in search of “quick paper”, selling drugs, stealing, killing if necessary. These are tragedies that take place on a day to day basis. These are tragedies whose cumulative effects result in the ones that make the headline news.
Think for a second about yourself. Think about the lies you have believed as truth. Perhaps it might be a lie like “I am not attractive”. Think about the powerful effect of such a lie. Think of the relationships you might have failed to initiate because this lie made you feel unworthy. Perhaps it might be a lie like “I am not intelligent”. Think of the education such a lie robbed you of, and consequently the position of poverty it has placed you in. Lies take root in our minds, and if not uprooted, are so powerful that they can control our entire lives, causing us to live in a constant state of fear, robbing us daily of a life of peace and joy.
Lies are in essence to be in the “dark about the truth”. Lies prevail only if the truth is not known. We are told in John 8:44 that lies are the “native language” of Satan, and that “he is the father of lies”. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 we are told that Satan, “the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God”. Among many of the titles given to the devil, one of the chief and most powerful ones is “the deceiver”. In Matthew 4:1-11, we get the account of Jesus being tempted by Satan after his forty day fast. Satan comes to Jesus and recognizes he needs powerful lies. All powerful lies are grounded in some truth. Satan thus misquotes scripture in an attempt to deceive Jesus. Yet with each temptation, and each deception, Jesus responds with the words “It is written”. I said previously that lies are in essence to be in the “dark”, to be ignorant, blinded, not capable of seeing what is true. The Psalmist says in Psalm 119:105 that “thy word is a light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path”. The truth of the word of God erodes the darkness of lies. The word of God causes us to see things as they “truly” are. It causes the girl deceived that she isn’t beautiful to see that “I am fearfully and wonderfully” made. Each lie fed by the god of this world can be overcome and countered with the phrase “it is written”. In order to be able to say “it is written”, we must daily reject the lies the world feeds us, and rather feed our hearts and minds with the “truth of God’s word”.