“Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?” 1 Corinthians 5:6
I suppose we’re all prone to exaggerate at times. The definition of which is to magnify beyond the limits of truth… to overstate, or to represent disproportionately.
Recently, Brian Williams, the biggest star and face of NBC News, was exposed for telling stories about himself that were simply not true. He exaggerated and embellished real life situations that, yes, he was a part of, but not in the way he described.
For whatever reason, he didn’t feel like the plain truth was enough. In fact, unfortunately, exaggeration became a very normal part of his life. Colleagues have said about Williams that when he was talking about himself, he seemed to want to make his experiences more dramatic, often pushing stories to their limit — and sometimes beyond.
Brain Williams’ exaggerations, or let’s just call them what they really are – lies – have cost him weeks of unpaid leave, and ultimately may cost him his job, a job that pays him 10 million dollars a year!
But compared to Ananias and Sapphira, he’ll get off easy. Their story, found in Acts chapter 5, is a compelling one.
What begins as a beautiful story, ends very badly! Believers so loved one another that they were selling their own land and houses, and giving the profits to the apostles, who distributed the money to those in need.
Two members of this group were Ananias and his wife, Sapphira. They also had sold a field. But they kept part of the profit. Now, here’s where the exaggeration takes place; Ananias laid only part of the money at the apostles’ feet, but insinuated that he was giving ALL of the proceeds.
Because of that lie, God struck down both Ananias and Sapphira. Seems a bit severe, but hey, He created them, it’s His call. God’s reasons? One has to be his abhorrence of sin. And the second? Probably the dramatic lesson he wanted to teach the early church about the dangers of playing with the truth.