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Does a lie matter?
April 4, 2011
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

On a recent trip to San Diego, I was looking through Craigslist for tickets to Sea World Theme Park. Since it was near the end of the year, there were numerous discounted tickets available.

I know it might surprise you that I was not interested in spending $65 a ticket, but $25 sounded pretty good. I made contact with the seller, and our son Nathan took us to the seller’s residence to pick up the tickets.

When we met, the seller told me these were “fun passes” to Sea World – that meant they had been issued to him in his name. He had used them two or three times during the year, and, he said, the SeaWorld staff normally just scans the fun pass, and you go right in.

He suggested that if they asked my name, I would just have to lie and give them his name.

At that point, I asked, “I have to lie?”

“Yes,” he said, “you just tell them my name, and you can go in.”

I responded by saying, “I am not going to lie. You didn’t advertise these as fun passes on Craigslist, but as tickets.”

I was disgusted with the seller. I felt bad that our son had driven us 10 miles out of the way to get tickets that were not legitimate. I also told the man that I did not want to answer for lying to get into SeaWorld, on Judgment Day.

Does it matter to SeaWorld if my wife and I would have lied to save $80? I think it does.

Does it matter to God that I would tell a lie? I know it does. He has told me that in His Word.

Proverbs 6:16-17 says, “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue . . .”

Are you saving money in this world by lying? You won’t be saving anything on Judgment Day. In fact, you will miss out on Heaven, if that is how you operate. God has told us that in His Word.

A lie matters to SeaWorld, and it matters to God. It should also matter to you.

Confess it as sin. Repay your debt, and live in truth.