Canadian and American people will soon elect new leaders. One of the campaign tactics often used is negative media advertising that questions politicians’ integrity.
It seems our society has a conscious awareness of integrity’s value. We want leaders who keep their promises, prove trustworthy with finances, treat all people fairly, and show themselves honest and reliable in all matters. And so, causing voters to doubt a potential leader’s integrity is a sure-fire way to lessen their chance of winning the election.
Integrity matters. Yes, it’s a character quality we wish for politicians, but it’s a quality the rest of us should strive to possess, too. We face daily opportunities to prove that we’re people who are honest, reliable, and trustworthy. Here are a few examples of what it looks like:
- We promise to do a task or run an errand for someone, and we follow through.
- We promise to pray for someone, and we actually do it.
- We pay our bills on time.
- We refuse to talk negatively about people behind their backs.
- We honor our marriage vows.
- We fulfill promises we make to our kids about spending time with them “later.”
- We’re honest in our work re: logging hours.
- We’re honest in our claims about work experience and credentials.
- We don’t exaggerate facts to impress others.
Goodness, this list could go on and on. No doubt other ideas popped into your head as you read it.
Integrity matters because God values it. He’s trustworthy in all things, therefore we need to imitate Him.
“Declare me innocent, O LORD, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering,” wrote David. “Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth” (Psalm 26:1-3 NLT).
If we were to incorporate David’s prayer into our own lives and invite God to test our motives and heart, what would He find? Would He declare us to be people of integrity? I truly hope so. The world needs men and women whose lives are spiritual salt and light. Let’s be those people.