Why we love lies

Posted on February 20, 2013 · Posted in Wisdom, Worldview

Someone may be thinking, “I didn’t think I loved lies. In fact, I hate being lied to. Actually, why would you say something so outrageous. I resent your suggestion.”

 

Your concern is understandable. I get it. However, what I am talking about is the issue of love of Christ. If we love Christ we love the truth.  If we don’t love the truth, the only alternative is to love a lie. Listen to what Jesus says in Matthew 6:24: 

 

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

 

If Christ is our master, our Lord, we will love what he says. If we don’t consciously and conspicuously love Christ and his truth then we love something else.

 

Scripture is clear. If the word of Christ does not richly dwell within us, something else will. In the real world there is no such thing as a spiritual vacuum.  The first and best lie of the enemy is that there is more than one way to look at things. When we are confronted with this kind of spiritual garbage, out of love and fidelity to Christ, we must say something like this: “Oh really, and what would that other way be?”

 

It worked with Eve. It works with you and me. If we love Christ we will love the truth. When we turn our eye from Christ, we turn to something ugly and embrace the lies of the predator. 

 

Why do we love lies? Because we can’t functionally serve two masters. If Christ is not all that we live for, then we live for a lie. 

 

 

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.