Christina Mead

Pretty Little Liars: Are Lies Ever Pretty or Little?

Pretty Little Liars is over for the summer and I was one of the 3 million people who tuned in last week to see what would happen to Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer.

I'm not quite sure what we'll do now without that slice of drama and suspense on Tuesday night. Maybe Teen Mom will suddenly become suspenseful. I can see it now: 'Boy or girl?' 'What's it going to be?' 'Will the name be A or Jenna?'

No, but seriously, of all the things I could say about Pretty Little Liars, there's just one thing that's been on my heart: those poor girls!!!

If you watch the show, you can't help but feel bad for them. I don't think I've ever seen someone look so distraught, anxious, miserable or burdened as those four girls do. I know it's one of those things that's like, 'Well duh, Christina' because that's the whole plot of the show. The four girls are caught in this turmoil because of the mystery that surrounds the death of their friend Alison. How could they not be upset?

Now, just a warning, what I'm going to say would completely kill any plot line. The show would no longer be a money-maker for ABC. And instead of breathlessly awaiting January for the next episode, fans would be stuck watching Teen Mom on Tuesday nights forever. But I'm going to say it anyway.

What if Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer just came clean with everything? What if they told their parents and the police what's really going on and showed them all the creepy text messages they receive? Life would be a lot more pleasant for them.

Have you ever heard the Bible verse, 'The truth will set you free' (John 8:32)? If there was ever a situation that this verse applied to, I think this is it. Those girls are trapped.

That's what secrecy and lying does. It traps you because you're constantly afraid of being found out. It can be lonely because it distances you from people, especially those you're lying to.

I hope none of us ever get caught in a situation like the Pretty Little Liars are … stuck in a huge web of lies and secrecy. I know that telling a little lie here and there can be easy and doesn't seem like a big deal. Little lies can pile up to be a big mess though. Then who's trapped, burdened and miserable the way the Pretty Little Liars are? I don't want you to be that way.

It might be harder to tell the truth and it's not always fun. A clear conscience and peaceful mind is totally worth it though. That's what Christ wants for us, as He said in John 16:33,

'I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.'

It's just something to think about. I'm praying for you.

(Oh and PS. Don't date your teacher. Thanks for that example, Aria!)

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Christina Mead

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I'm just striving for sainthood through lots of imperfect ways. I daydream about heaven, where I want to be the patron saint of lifeguards. I think I might paint my nails just so I can pick it off. I wrote a book about Mary and what she taught us about being a Catholic girl. It's called "That One Girl" and I think you'd like it! You can email me at [email protected], or follow me on Twitter @LT_Christina.