Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lies of Omission

Is omission the same as being dishonest?  I believe it is, when you are keeping information a secret just because you can.  Especially if it's not something that you usually do. 

I'm not saying that we shouldn't keep quiet gossips that people have spoken about other people..... I am talking about absolute omission (of important things) out of meanness of spirit.

Isn’t it our nature to think of sin as something we do wrong? We have a list of things whether mental or written, that are wrong. Don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t watch X-rated movies, don’t drink liquor. Would you say all of these are sin? If we don’t do these things, then we are all right. But I want you to notice what the Word of God says in James 4:17. The sin of failing to do what we ought to do.  There are all kinds of sins. There are moral sins of the flesh, ethical sins of the conduct, spiritual sins of pride, sin of prejudice but the greatest sin, believe it or not, are none of these. It is the sin of omission. Now before you turn me out listen. All the other sins come about because of the sin of omission. Because the sin of omission is failing to do what you ought to do. No man can do two things at one time. So a man doing what he ought to do cannot do what he ought not to do. For a man that knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin.
James 4:17 17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

Luke 16:10  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

I thought this was interesting when looking up the meaning of crossing one's fingers behind their back during a conversation:  To keep your fingers crossed secretly when you tell a lie absolves you from any responsibility for that lie.


Debbie said...

Peggy . . .you have given us something to really think about here. I really like how you showed us that by omitting to do the thing we ought to do, that we are sinning. I'm going to hang onto that one! Thank you so much!

RosyRose said...

Great thoughts Peggy! I have often thougt of this in a current situation I'm dealing with..when only half of the truth gets told it can look like a completly different story...telling the whole truth no matter what!
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Lea said...

What a great entry to ponder as the new year approaches. Such depth and absolute truth! I can certainly apply this to a situation that our family is dealing with at this very time.

Blessings abundant to you these last few days of 2010!

stephanie said...

So true, and piercing. I often find that it is much easier to pretend something never ever happened, and just go on ignoring whatever "it" was. Which leads me to being very very "fake"ey at times. I am now convicted about this as well, as I am completely ignorning the truth for a prettier version of things.

They call me "Deb" said...

I love this one Peggy. I'm one who always gets myself into trouble because I believe that half-truths and keeping quiet when you know what's right is wrong. And today (sadly) I'm finding it's becoming the 'norm' among most all people (including Christians). I know way too many people who intentionally hide or withhold things just so that others won't know what they're doing. Kind of a 'what you don't know can't hurt you' type of thing. But it can and does hurt.
James 4:17 is one of the verses my husband frequently quotes. Like you said - it's pretty clear that omission is sin. And sin hurts ourselves, those around us AND Christ.
Good blog my friend!
Blessings and hugs,

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