“Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.” Proverbs 24:12 NLT
“I didn’t know” is an acceptable and accurate response in some matters, like dress code or an event going on in your community.
In other matters it may be accurate, but it is not acceptable. It is your responsibility to know about things like speed limits, tax due dates and your start time at work. “I didn’t know” doesn’t cut it in those instances.
But there are other matters when “I didn’t know” is both unacceptable and inaccurate. It is lying.
In all types of settings, I overhear conversations that include the advice “just tell them that…” followed by some plausible, but an untrue, explanation. We must be on guard against falling into that pattern or conforming to the manipulative rather than just telling the truth.
Got wants us to be real in the real world. He hates lying, and He hates us propagating misleading information including the denial of knowledge.
He sees, hears, and knows when we know. We may be able to fool others, but we cannot fool the Lord. He knows and will not let it slip by; we will be held accountable for what we speak.