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Shiprah, Puah, and Other Heroes

06.30.19 | by Dr. Dale Wicker

    Life is funny, you know, and not always in the humorous sense.  For example, and this is only for illustration purposes, what if your wife (some will have to use their imagination) says, “Does this dress make me look too skinny?”  [NOTE:  Certain portions of the above have been changed to protect the innocent.]

    Options include complete honesty or a little white lie, as it is sometimes called.  Lies, according to a six-year-old,  are a very present help in times of trouble.

    Since consequences matter, many will opt for the lie.  Life (and marriage) is funny like that.

    There are examples in your Bible of people who lied.  The color of their prevarication is not the point:  They told whoppers and must have experienced a burning sensation around the waistline of their flaming pants, as in, “Liar, Liar, pants on fire.”

    Is it ever OK to lie?  This is a good question and ought to be considered at some point, but that point is not here or now.

    Instead, the point that is here and now is more important and is, namely, the qualities of a hero.  Among these qualities are courage, commitment and a focused obedience to God.

    Heroism, as found in the story of Shiprah and Puah, is not just about the sanctity of life but about the seriousness of respect for God above anyone else or anything else.  And that’s no lie.