Posted in Book of 2 Thessalonians, Character, Christian lifestyle, Christian living, Contentment, Discipline

Why Do Christians Lie? 

Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:12 NLT

My phone got damaged some time ago. I was out of contact for days, where it seemed that I was lost to the outside world. 

Thanks to my AppleCare+ subscription that I did pay for the same day I purchased the phone. I was gifted a new phone without even paying up to 100 euros. Even so, days later, I recalled I had insurance for electronic gadgets, just in cases like this. Apple had given me a new phone because of the insurance I paid previously. Hence, I felt my second insurance ought to pay me, too. After all, it’s my money.  So I phoned my bank, and they linked me with the insurance company. 

When I went through, the insurer asked me several details, which were so long that I ended up believing I was being interrogated. On his question about how did the phone fall; I responded to it fell by itself from the duplex to the ground floor. I lied. The further he tried to generate more words out of me, the further I maintained my statements. 

At the conclusion, he announced the unexpected. No reimbursement. They cannot take up that charges. I became mad with myself. I was very angry with them. I spent the following few minutes preoccupied with the discussion I had earlier on. I resolved to cancel my subscription with the insurance company because, in my head, they have failed me. 

After a prolonged period of time, the Spirit of God began to deal with me as He revealed the dark side of me. He reproached me. I was ashamed. Out of my greedy need to receive a new second phone or maybe some money that I felt I should have; I lied to the insurer. And I did that out of the fright that they will not believe me had it been I have told them how that phone smashed. Out of frustration of continuous poor network reception, I’d strike the telephone against the floor and watched as its part scattered in different directions. In any case, I ended up changing completely my network provider after this disastrous event. 

Still, my interaction with the insurer showed me how as human beings and as Christians, we are susceptible to forgetting our connection with the Almighty when we are faced with situations that can test whether we are truly His children. 

Why did I lie about that? I was frightened of telling the man how it happened because I thought he would have ended up telling me to see a psychiatrist to cross check whether I am not insane for my excessive anger that cost me my phone. Did I regret lying? Absolutely! I know who I am. I have not forgotten I am a child of God, and I am not supposed to lie. Do I acknowledge that I am still a human being despite my fellowship with Christ? Oh sure! The incident exposed and revealed to me my own vulnerability. 

Irrespective, I cannot desire to continue to walk in favor and at the same time heed to the power of the flesh. In all, the Spirit of God prevails by the name of truth. I don’t want to be condemned! May God help me. 

Author:

Princess Ayelotan is a writer/poet, feminist and independent researcher. Her scholarly interest ranges widely, from — Creative Writing related to Gender issues; — Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), — Rape as a weapon of war, — Violence against disabled women, — Child Sexual Exploitation : e.g. child prostitution and trafficking, — Female economic empowerment — Activism.

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