Keep me from lying. Proverbs 30:8, TEV.
There’s no such thing as true lies, right? Why say, “It’s the honest truth?” All truth is honest, right?
Mason Locke Weems, alias Parson Weems, worked hard to make his lies true. By telling his tales again and again as he traveled around the early 13 states, his fables became “truth.”
One of his most famous stories was about George Washington chopping down his father’s cherry tree. And when asked if he did it, George admitted his mistake, for he couldn’t tell a lie, but Mason could and did. When he got around to writing them down, his stories became extremely popular and were best-sellers from many years.
The famous storyteller Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) once said of Locke’s story about Washington, “Maybe George couldn’t lie, but I can and I choose not to.”
I like that. I too can lie, but I choose not to. Lying is a vicious habit that gets so strong one forgets which is truth and which is a lie. I wonder if that happened to old Mason Locke Weems.
The good news is, with God’s help a liar can break the habit. Where once his or her words are dark with deception, God can make them as transparent as sunlight..
“Popsicles, Black Holes & Burnt Toast” - Kay Rizzo