Acts 5:3 "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?"
As a boy growing up, I always loved my father's dress derbys, Sunday shoes and his masculine, strong-smelling colognes that had a hint of sweetness. One time after dinner, as mom and dad watched television in the living room, I went in their bedroom and sprayed a few dashes of his cologne on my shirt. At seven years of age, smelling like dad made me feel like a real "grown up."
A few minutes later, my father had to leave out of the house for church business and came back in his room to get the keys. As he walked in, he noticed the scent of his cologne --only he hadn't sprayed it! He asked my brother and I had we sprayed his cologne. My brother immediately said "No," and went about his business. I ran to my room, took my top shirt off and stuck it under my pillow and said "It wasn't me." (Of course, I was caught and later disciplined)
It was a lie. At such a young age my mind quickly deciphered two paths --the path of truth and the path of dishonesty. Through temptation, the Enemy disguised a lie as an extension to facing judgment. After we make a mistake in life, it is true that "coming clean" may expedite the moment of reckoning. However, there is something worse -- a moment of reckoning delayed. In the case of Ananias, (and me), dishonesty did not provide an escape from the consequences of our actions --it momentarily delayed the consequences. (Numbers 32:23 (b) “and be sure your sin will find you out.”)
Years later, I discovered why my parents hated lying so much. In His own words, Christ said that lying originated from the Enemy. (John 8:44 "[b]ecause there is no truth in [Satan]. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.")
Andrae P. Crismon, Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center, Church of God in Christ, in Murfreesboro and the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal.”