The Truth About Lies

by Rose Taylor

National Tell a Lie Day is celebrated on April 4th and is one of many so-called “fun holidays.” It is interesting that it falls only a few days after April Fools’ Day, which also pays homage to lies and deceit. Ironically, another fun holiday, National Honesty Day, is celebrated a few weeks later on April 30th.

Lies Are Unacceptable

So, what does one do on Tell a Lie Day? According to, “While the name suggests that the holiday encourages people to tell lies all day long, we would like to think that the day is not an actual celebration of lying but an acknowledgment that lying is part of life and sometimes people have to lie to make others feel better.”

A few activities the site suggests for the holiday are: making up harmless tales to tell others, playing games which require bluffing, and reading about ways to detect deception and lying. Tell a Lie Day is meant to be silly and fun, however, the truth about lies is that they are harmful to people and situations. Unfortunately, as stated by, “lying is part of life” but, for the Christian, it is an unacceptable part of life.

Truth Is Reality

Truth is not always pleasant, pretty, neat, or comfortable—but truth is reality. For Christians, it is the reality of who we are, how we live, how we serve, and whom we serve. In one of his “I Am” statements, Christ proclaimed himself as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

Christ taught his followers to live faithfully in the light and the freedom of truth. In a society that increasingly appears to believe that lies are as good as the truth if people accept them, there is a need for the light of truth to expose that deception. Christians must know, speak, and live the truth in a way that glorifies God and exemplifies the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

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