REVISITING INTEGRITYDecember 20, 2017 2023-04-05 19:11
Integrity is not about morality and virtue. Imagine what kind of life you would have if “you have done what you said and you do it on time”. What if you lived your life truthfully, forthrightly, straight, and honestly? What if you would clean up any mess that you have caused because you know that people depend on your word?
In a world that lacks integrity, the prophet in the marketplace must be set apart. The prophet in the marketplace, therefore, is known for his integrity. He aims to honor his word. If he preaches about the love of Jesus, his life must also speak it. Unfortunately, most believers operate without integrity. They say and preach a lot of things about Christianity and the bible, but their lives do not manifest nor honor their word.
When you value integrity in your life, the effect of your actions will affect not only you but also the generations to come. King Solomon says, “The righteous walk in integrity—happy are the children who follow them (Proverbs 20:7 NRSV)!”
In Proverbs 20 6-7, Solomon speaks of how rare it is to find a man of integrity. Many biblical characters proclaim their own goodness. In the same manner, in a world that is focused on external image, over internal integrity, people want to claim credit and profess their self-righteousness.
For example, Cain proclaimed his own goodness by finding a new religion, one of hate and murder (Gen. 4:1-16). Job also proclaimed his own goodness (Job 29-31), as he used personal pronouns I, me, and my 195 times in 96 verses. Job was not perfect. Saul of Tarsus viewed himself as a man of righteousness, the man of the year, a Hebrew of Hebrews (Phil. 3:5). The Pharisee in Luke 18:11 is cited as one of the people who lacked true integrity:
The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ (Luke 18:11-13 NRSV)
How many leaders in the church today are like them? This self-righteousness syndrome can afflict even the godliest of them all.
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