Walk in Integrity
The 21st century will be remembered for many things when history is written. One of the saddest aspects that will be recorded is the loss of moral uprightness, strength of character, and personal integrity. The loss of those bedrock characteristics have put America on a collision course with God’s judgment. Even among those that profess to be Christians, the lifestyle is not in keeping with the Biblical mandate for a child of God. “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (1 Thess. 4:7).
The driving force of God’s plan for us is that we are to live upright, Godly, and to practice in every part of our daily lives great and exemplary integrity. Solomon, though he did not always live out what he wrote, he did (under the inspiration of the Spirit) record these precepts of truth.
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. (Proverbs 11:3). The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. (Proverbs 12:22). To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:3). Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27). And, the Psalmist added….The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalm 84:11-12).
In October 1985, racquetball player Ruben Gonzalez was in the final match of his first professional racquetball tournament. He was playing the perennial champion for his first shot at a victory on the pro circuit. At match point in the fifth and final game, Gonzalez made a super “kill shot” into the front corner to win the tournament. The referee called it good, and one of the linemen confirmed the shot was a winner. But after a moment’s hesitation, Gonzalez turned and declared that his shot had skipped into the wall, hitting the floor first. As a result, the serve went to his opponent, who went on to win the match. Ruben Gonzalez walked off the court; everyone was stunned. Two months later, National Racquetball Magazine featured Gonzalez on its cover. The cover story’s author searched for an explanation for the first ever occurrence on the professional racquetball circuit. Who could ever imagine it in any sport or endeavor? Here was a player with everything officially in his favor, with victory in his grasp, who disqualifies himself at match point and loses.
When asked why he did it, Reuben said, “It was the only thing that I could do to maintain my integrity. I could always win another match, but I could never regain my lost integrity.” (Taken from https://isharesps.org/websitedoc/CharacterEd/Integrity-Children.pdf).
Integrity is essential. When a person’s core is flawed with inconsistencies, then every action of his life is questioned. His motives, deeds, words, and veracity are constantly under suspicion. It was President Eisenhower that echoed the expectations of integrity for anyone that hopes to be successful in life’s journey…..“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.“ (Dwight Eisenhower, Thirty-Fourth U.S. President (1890-1969)