You’ve heard this before – or maybe you’ve said this before. It happens when someone tells a story that seems outrageous or when being questioned in disbelief – it just rolls off our tongues so naturally. “I swear to God it’s true! Believe me!”
It has become our standard. When we tell a story that sounds borderline unbelievable, just slip in a quick “I swear to God” and suddenly everything you say is golden – it’s all true!
But wait a minute, I recall that a smart guy named Jesus once said:
“But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
Jesus says that saying anything beyond ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ is an answer with evil intent. There is no purpose for it. It makes light of God and it makes your normal word seem cheap – as if the only time you tell the truth is when you swear to God.
So join me in eliminating this statement from your vocabulary and let your Yes be Yes and your No be No!