BY LEANN DILBECK –
Integrity, a timeless quality, has died. The exact date is unknown. It was preceded in death by Honor and Morals. The exact cause of death is unconfirmed at this time but is suspected to be strangulation by Deceit. The investigation has yielded several strong suspects but the strongest is no stranger to crime, Greed N. Corruption. Integrity leaves behind a Nation hungry for change and families who are in need of godly leadership.
Humorous or sad? Regardless of how it strikes you, integrity is, sadly, a word not used often enough in our society today. Contributing to its demise have been people in high profile positions and those in authoritative roles who have de-valued the word through their actions.
I’ve heard integrity described as doing the right thing when no one is looking but what about doing the right thing because HE is always looking. But we should always be ever mindful that regardless of what deceitfulness we may feel we have “successfully” accomplished, there is always One who knows all and more importantly, knows the motivations of our hearts.
Our fallen world promotes very self-centered thinking and values with such ideology as “succeeding at whatever cost,” “all is fair in love and war/business,” or “give it all to me NOW and I’ll pay for it LATER.”
Never, as tempted as we may be at times, should we ever buy into those lies. Integrity always has value in the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ and by living it, we may be allowed to be in His presence. By this I know that you delight in me; my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! – Psalm 41:11-13
Rebels find it difficult to be in the confines of integrity and yet, it is through integrity that we can be empowered… integrity empowers us to be more effective parents/grandparents, to be more valuable employees/employers, to be stronger church members/leaders, and just those three examples alone can make a huge impact on the world we live in.
I refuse to believe that integrity is dead… while it may have lost its popularity, it proves there has never been such an opportunity that we as Christians must be bolder in our choices and not suckered into being survivalist in a cut-throat world. We must find greater value in knowing our actions can impact our eternity rather than simply focusing on the immediate reward because if we gain at someone else’s expense… you will be held accountable for it later. Proverbs 10:2 – Ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death. Eventually, we will reap what we sow…
This fallen world we live in will certainly test a person’s value system but deep in the heart of every believer is the desire to be dirt poor and righteous in the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ rather than to be rich in the things of this world that have been earned through “ill-gotten” gains. Proverbs 28:6 says Better is the poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is crooked though he be rich. Our Heavenly Father wants to bless and reward us with the desires of our heart but will not when we do not conduct ourselves, even in the workplace, in a way that is honorable and pleasing to Him.
Will we allow ourselves to be weak and become a reflection of the poor integrity that dominates in our world today or will we rise above and keep our eyes focused up and forward making choices based on eternity?
I’ll close with a passage from To Kill a Mockingbird: “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
All for His glory –