The Truth About Lies

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photo courtesy of 10×10

We live in a world that makes it wise to be a skeptic. Many of us wish we could believe those offers that claim they can help us lose all our belly fat in just thirty days or earn $5,000 a month working from home. There are thousands of messages that circulate on the internet spreading false hope that are really just lies.

We can all stumble into believing a lie now and then, especially if we trust the source. Luckily, most of us don’t end up facing ruin. However, for the nine girls featured in the film Girl Rising that will air on CNN Sunday, June 16th, that’s not the case. Girls growing up in poverty are vulnerable to schemes of darkness that would snatch their lives away.

Let’s look at the history and life cycle of a lie. The very first lie, recorded in Genesis 3, is spoken to Eve by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. “You will not surely die (if you eat that fruit God told you not to eat).” I wish Eve would have checked with a reliable source before succumbing. Lies may come as whispers inside our minds. They may be spoken by a friend or stranger. Lies from any source are powerful and potentially destructive.

If a lie is not snuffed out immediately, it will settle permanently in our minds and hearts. It starts to feel like truth as we accept it, repeat it, and live it. Lies then invade relationships, cultures, traditions, policy, and laws.

Look at the lies that threaten to ruin the lives of the girls featured in Girl Rising:

– Girls are not worth educating.
– Girls should marry at a very young age.
– Sex with a virgin will protect a man from AIDS.
– Fetching water is girls’ work.
– That strange man who lavishes gifts on you loves you.
– A boy child is more valuable than a girl child.

How do we expose a lie, stand up to it, and exterminate it? The answer is found in scripture. John 8:32-33 states, “Jesus said, ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” Lies are defeated with truth, and if the girl (or boy or woman or man) trapped in a lie cannot help herself, we can lift up truth on her behalf. We do this with our prayers, our advocacy, our service, and our giving – all of which are needed to enable rescue.

Two of the Girl Rising stories introduce us to girls who received assistance from World Vision. World Vision rescues and helps 100 million girls and boys and men and women every year in 98 countries around the world. An important part of World Vision’s work in communities is to equip children and families with truth. When truth replaces lies, truth will seep into minds and hearts. It will transform relationships, cultures, policies, traditions, and laws. It creates a world where children are free to pursue life in all its fullness.

In Matthew 25:40 Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” When you invest in World Vision, you are helping the least of these – girls and boys enslaved in labor and sexual exploitation, families trapped in deep poverty, girls denied an education. And when you do this for these children and families, you are doing it for God.

Tune it to Girl Rising to see the hope that triumphs when truth replaces lies.

CNN Films’ Girl Rising documents extraordinary girls and the power of education to change the world. Watch on CNN on June 16 at 9 p.m. ET.

Sandy Grubb joined the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Women of Vision in 1999. She has held a leadership role with them for 14 years and traveled on nine vision trips. In January 2013 she began serving on the Board of World Vision, U.S. Sandy lives in Vancouver, WA. She and her husband Jeff have three sons and one daughter-in-law.

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