Lying catches up to one eventually. Balancing all of the “truths” that are different to different people can be a hideous burden that eventually finds a popping point. Something has to give. Living in the lying state takes a great deal of effort to maintain. Telling the truth or acknowledging the truth can be unburdening. The adage that the “truth shall set you free” really is true. You read about young folks who have known they were gay from the get go but hid it for years. They hid the truth from parents, peers and best friends out of fear. Those who refuse to “come out” sometimes face dreadful consequences and even suicide. Fear can kill. But those who do “come out” find a new found freedom. The air smells different. The sun looks different. However with this truth telling may also come rejection. Without support, it can be as almost as devastating as living in the lie. So we reach out. We embrace. We support. We try to make rejection less painful.
Then there is the phenomenon of people lying for the sake of lying even when the truth is right in front of their face. What is that all about? Is it trying to preserve a misguided and faulty self-image? We call them out on their lies with facts and they defensively deny facts adding more to the lie until they cannot possibly see the truth that everyone else sees. That is a disorder and complicates normal living and interactions.
24 But they did not listen, they did not pay attention; they followed their own devices, their own stubborn and wicked inclinations, and got worse rather than better. (Jeremiah 7:24)
Truth seems to take it’s time being known, but in the end truth itself will prevail. It takes time, courage and honesty to admit to being wrong and face the truth. It is humbling to admit one is wrong. It is human. Admitting one is wrong becomes more difficult when one does not have the habit of truth.
17 but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them, ‘Any kingdom which is divided against itself is heading for ruin, and house collapses against house. (Luke 11:17)
Nothing is lost admitting that a falsehood really is false. It is part of being human to be wrong. We are not perfect. We sometimes make up things to hide inadequacies. But the burden of hiding behind a lie presses us down until we yield and admit we were (are) wrong. Then true living can continue.
…and so it goes