He “over-exaggerated” the truth is how Ryan Lochte, USA Olympic swimmer, explained his comments regarding the events that transpired that fateful night at the Rio Olympics. Ok, so my first thought is 1) you lied and my second thought is 2) an exaggeration already means to overstate. Therefore, is it even possible to over-exaggerate?
Despite your take on the use of the word, how did it resonate with you that a 32 year old would feel the need to overstate an account with security guards after destroying property while drunk? What prompts any of us to overstate the truth? Remember Ananias and Sapphira? A little different situation, but as recorded in Acts chapter 5 they sold some property and brought only a portion of the sale to the apostles to distribute to those in need. Problem wasn’t that they only brought a portion of the sale, but that they each claimed at separate times that the amount they were donating was the entire amount of the sale! The result for Ananias and Sapphira was that each fell down dead.
I completely understand that the world and our own unique situations are not always black and white. Let me ask those who claim to know Christ – when faced with challenges, how do you respond? Do you take responsibility or exaggerate the facts? Do you hold back a portion and claim it’s all you have? Is it all about you; about how you look; how it makes you feel; what you can gain; about status?
Christians maybe we need to go back to basics. The Bible says, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.” (1 Peter 1:14-15)
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
I struggle at times with the appropriate response, as I imagine many do, to major life challenges. So as iron sharpens iron, let us encourage each other to stay strong in our Christian walk and faith. How we respond will impact those around us. I want to be found faithful – how about you?