Integrity means honesty, an uprightness of character. In our country today we suffer from a lack of Integrity. It has gotten to the point where we expect the worst of people, not only of those in politics, entertainment, business, and religion, but just about everyone.
One day a police officer pulled a motorist over to the curb and demanded to see his driver’s license. The officer studied the license suspiciously for several minutes before returning it. The officer explained: “You were driving so carefully, I thought for sure you had an invalid license.”
The measure of a person’s Integrity is the distance between their lips and the life they actually live. What Jesus tells us about Integrity is that life cannot be divided into compartments, where we act one way at home and we act another way in public — at work, school, or with our friends. When we do this we are hypocrites, we are acting like the Pharisees.
Today God is especially being put into a compartment, with God being included in politics, business, and entertainment as the individual or the group chooses to present God on their side. Some of the most profane people keep telling us that God is on their side. They say that they might not be the most moral person around, but they are still chosen by God to do what needs to be done.
Each of us is called to stand up for and settle for nothing less than Integrity. We as Christians and as people of faith must hold our leaders to standards of Integrity, honesty, truthfulness and decency.
If you value your Integrity, then be prepared to take a beating from those who have none.
No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat people tells it all. Integrity is everything.
Do YOU value Integrity, honesty and truthfulness in a person above all else, or do YOU have a different standard for those who are in public life?
GOD LIVES IN AN HONEST HEART!!