Cheating is bad! Whether we’re helping a classmate in need or personally seeking for help or plagiarizing; no matter how many different ways we want to look at it, cheating is bad! God doesn’t like it (1 Corinthians 6:8-9b) neither do schools. It’s totally understandable that people cheat in order to get a good grade; I have never heard of a student who wanted to fail in a class. It’s okay for non-Christians to engage in this activity because they don’t have light in this area, the great shock, however, comes when a child of God does it. Let’s just look at the few consequences of cheating:
- The devil will have a reason to accuse us before God
- It will bring shame to God
- Our conscience will be defiled
- Our Christian testimony will be damaged (even if we do it secretly, the devil will surely expose our deeds one day)
- Unbelievers will lack interest in our faith (I’ve never heard of someone who came to Christ by seeing his/her Christian classmate cheating)
Yes, things do get busy in school and certain circumstances just require us to resolve to cheating but do we value a good grade over God’s approval? Almost all of us would rather cheat to perform well or help out a classmate during a test in order to sustain a friendship, then ask forgiveness to God later. Why? We don’t have the fear of God. Man’s opinion is more important to us than God’s.
Hence, the solution to quit cheating does not lie in biting our tongue and struggling to resist the temptation. It starts with reverence of God. Loving God so much that you want honor Him in all you do. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says: “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” That includes honoring the Father in school as well; accepting to receive a bad grade over cheating because you fear God.
Honor the Father by doing your best to adequately prepare yourself for tests, exams, and papers, then leave the rest to Him. 1 Samuel 2:30 “but now the Lord says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” When you lift God up in your studies, He will bless you with better grades. So, choose this day to no longer cheat!