Justice-Seeking: Honest Relationships.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in honesty. (NLT)
Sometimes our politicians make bad choices, and they are sent to jail after a long and loud media trial. Why? Because of cheating and then lying about it. But lying and cheating are not limited to politicians. The tendency to lie and cheat is a part of the human condition Psalm 116: 11. There are so many ways to lie and cheat. We lie when we misrepresent ourselves to others. We cheat when we pay less tax than we should. We lie to cover up wrongdoing.
Teaching our children the difference between the truth and lies, between cheating and honesty is an important component for faith formation. We honor God when we tell the truth. God honors those who tell the truth and deal honestly with each other.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What was Lucille reporting about?
A. Granny’s 40th class reunion.
Q. Why did she decide not to attend?
A. Because she heard that Roberta, a former classmate, was attending.
Q. Why did that bother Granny?
A. Because Granny told a lie and was the reason that Roberta was not able to graduate with her class.
Q. Why did Liz cheat on his test?
A. Because he wanted to keep his streak of “A”s going.
Q. How did Skink manage to get the same grade as Liz?
A. He saw Liz’s answers in a reflection on the window.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why is it so important to God for us to be honest?
In the Garden of Eden. Satan lied to Adam and Eve. In fact Jesus calls Satan the “father of lies” (John 8: 44). But the Bible assures us that God does not lie (Numbers 23: 19, 1 Samuel 15: 29, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18).
When we lie or cheat we are hurting God’s reputation. Just like our behavior can say something bad or good about our family, it can also say something about God. We want to honor God and glorify him in everything we say or do. And we want God to have a good reputation, a true reputation, so that others who may not know him will be drawn to him and want to be his child. (See 1 John 2:4.)