As Liam and I were watching the news this morning, they kept returning to “shop till you drop” and the bargains for “last minute Christmas shoppers”; and – oh yes! – where “Santa” (the first lie we tell our children!) is right now (presumably) on NORAD’s radar. No mention of the Messiah anywhere….
A few scriptures about lying:
Leviticus 19:11 "'Do not steal. "'Do not lie. "'Do not deceive one another...."
Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things that ADONAI hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to YHWH, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
Psalm 101:7 No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.
Colossians 3:9-10 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Scriptures about debt and owing:
Romans 13:8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.
Proverbs 22:26-27 Do not be among those who give pledges, Among those who become guarantors for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take your bed from under you?
Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
1 Corinthians 16:2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.
Yep, that's what Christmas is all about! "Shop till you drop!" "Lying" to our children. Going into debt each year to buy things people don't need with money we don't have!
Merry Christmas everyone! If anyone desires to know the truth, the Bible awaits - the whole Bible!