When parents see their children lie, the immediate response is something like, how can I stop this! In these situations it is easy to lose sight of the biblical model of shepherding your children and resort to the world’s methodology of control. I have included the following excerpt from Instructing a Child’s Heart which addresses this very issue. Take a look at what Tedd says. It will be helpful to you as we continue this series on lying.
In his blog, Justin Taylor has posted a timely article by David Powlison & Tim Keller on blogging and passing on bad reports. The biblical principles in the article are valuable for all conversation but they are especially appropriate for internet communications. Parents, this would be a great article to discuss with your children about their internet communication. It applies directly to blogging, instant messaging, chats, and forums as well as to community sites such as MySpace and Facebook. You can find the article here. Thanks to David Powlison and Tim Keller for writing the article and to Justin Taylor for posting it. Justin’s blog, Between Two Worlds, is loaded with valuable information and links.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Proverbs 12:19 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. Proverbs 12:22 We are all born liars. Not a pleasant thought, but true. Like you, your children were born with the capacity and proclivity to lie. Psalm 58:3 says that we come from the womb speaking lies. While we know the Bible teaches this, we are often shocked by our children’s lies.