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A third sin that is swept under the rug by Christians is the sin of lying. It is common, even among Christians, to tell lies or what we call “white lies.” Whether something is a “white lie,” a “fib,” or a “big lie,” all are lies and all are sins. God warns us against lying throughout the Bible. Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us God hates lying: “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” Lying is an absolute abomination to the Lord (Proverbs 12:22). There are no “little” lies or lies that won’t hurt anybody. The Bible tells us that Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). As believers, we are children of God, not of the devil. Since we are children of God, we need to tell the truth and always be honest. Lying will only lead you down a dark road of sin.
A fourth sin most Christians sweep under the rug is the sin of profanity. In modern culture, it is seen as “cool” to use profanity. Even Christian circles are sprinkled with watered-down ideas of profanity's danger, such as: "I love Jesus... but I cuss a little." Whether walking down the street or listening to mainstream music, you are bound to come across profanity. Even if profanity is seen as “cool” or “in” in modern culture, as Christians, we do not need to use curse words. The Bible tells us to keep our tongues from evil (Psalm 34:13).
This means that we do not need to speak evil, such as curse words. Profanity is never used in a positive manner as these words are normally used when someone is upset or angry (although nowadays they tend to be used in everyday conversation). Despite profanity being expected in the world, God calls us out of the world. The Lord calls us to follow His example and to treat others kindly. Ephesians 4:29 urges us, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” If you have gotten into the habit of using profanity, you can change that today. Ask God to help you and He will. Using profanity can be a hard habit to break, but it is possible if you ask for God’s help.