A paratrooper finished basic training and went up for his first jump. As he was about to leap from the plane’s exit hatch he pulled back and said, “I can’t do it.” His sergeant said, “Yes, you can. Just jump, count to ten, and pull the cord of your main chute. If the chute doesn’t open just count to ten again and pull the cord of your emergency chute. And if that chute doesn’t open we’ll have a feather bed waiting for you to land on down there.”
So the paratrooper jumped. He counted to ten and pulled the cord of his main chute. Nothing! Then he counted to ten again and pulled the cord of his emergency chute. Nothing! As he plummeted to the earth, toppling end over end, he said to himself, “And I’ll bet they don’t have that feather bed down there either!”
How many times does someone have to burn you with lies before you get wise to their fire? I’ve known some people who were so good at lying they could pass a lie detector test. They were so good they could get me to half believe them even when I KNEW they were lying.
I don’t know how you feel about the term “born liar,” but in Psalm 58:3 David, writing under the inspiration of God, seems to give it some validity. He writes:
The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
And so my simple purpose in this post is to remind you that you would do well to learn to spot “born liars” and stay away from them. If you can’t stay away from a particular one (perhaps a family member or coworker) at least have the spiritual discernment to see them for who they are. They might be good at lying, but you can be bad at believing.