This Bible lesson is a great way to talk to your Sunday school students about cheating, honesty and peer pressure.
Cheating, Honesty and Peer Pressure Devotional Bible Lesson
Lyle was in the locker room and heard the conversation going on in the next aisle. Jon has seen the answer sheet on his homeroom teacher’s desk for their upcoming history test. “Anyone who has that test—the answers are A, B, C, D, A, B, C, D!” he announced proudly. “Kids with the ten top grades get to go on the field trip!”
Lyle wanted to go on the field trip, too. Who wouldn’t want to get out of class? Besides, he told himself, he hadn’t asked to hear these answers, and they were too easy to possibly forget. Lyle decided he could solve any problems with his conscience by really looking at the problems and answers, and if he just happened to pick the same things, what was the crime, there? It all looked like a breeze…until he got into class and started looking around. He saw something that made him rethink. He had to bust Jon, he decided.
Scriptures to help Lyle decide what to do:1 Corinthians 9:26, Ephesians 4:22, Luke 16:10
Lyle most likely was seeing: (rate the answers; the best answer would be #1; the least likely answer #4)
___ a vision of heavenly angels telling him to not cheat. Everybody sees one once in a while, and it helps us make great choices.
___ the teacher pounding her fist on the desk and threatening anyone who cheats with a detention.
___ kids who really had studied hard and who might get bumped from the trip over a lot of cheaters.
___ one of the other kids from the locker room, who was ratting out Jon in front of everybody, so he might as well get on the teacher’s good side.
Cheating, Honesty and Peer Pressure Bible Lesson Discussion
We like to think of teachers as almost-perfect people, but they can miss something like a deceitful glance at a paper they’re working with. It’s not likely that this teacher got wise on her own. It’s also not likely Lyle would see anyone ratting out Jon, because the edict is so strong today, “Don’t rat out your friends.” But the only place that “commandment” would ever be found is a Bible for Bullies; it’s meant to scare weak people into letting bad guys get their way. What Lyle saw was kids he knew had really put in the time for the test. Was it fair that Jon and his crew should steal the trip from them?
Nobody likes to feel they are the only one being good while surrounded by people who really aren’t thinking about right and wrong. But we’re a little like caterpillars whose eyes are not developed enough to see butterflies—we humans cannot see the multitude of saints and prophets surrounding us and cheering us on (Hebrews 12:1). Because Lyle really wants God’s presence in his life, he certainly felt them. The multitude gave Lyle a second dose of loyalty to his classmates, leading him to think, “Why should they be subjected to a test they don’t have to take?” He whispered the whole thing to the teacher before she could give out the test.
Most Christian Response:
Lyle most likely was seeing (3rd option is best): kids who really had studied hard and who might get bumped from the trip over a lot of cheaters.
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