Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be a man or woman of character and integrity”
I was watching a news report yesterday which featured film clips of two high ranking and well-known elected officials, each making a statement about testimony that was given behind closed doors in a secret congressional hearing. Both officials were commenting on the exact same event, but each of them made claims about it which were exactly opposite of what the other one said happened. One of them had to be lying, or maybe both of them were.
A little later I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I came across a statement claiming that the Speaker of the House of Representatives raided the social security fund of 1.2 billion dollars to pay for the ongoing impeachment inquiry. To that post someone had attached a link to an investigative website that purports to factcheck such claims, and in this case the site said the claim was false. But then the one who originally posted it claimed that the factchecking site was biased and that the original claim was actually true. Who is telling the truth here?
The news media has become one of the least trusted institutions by the average person today because it is commonly understood that none of them are truly objective and unbiased anymore. They all seem to have an ideological agenda, and their reporting and editorializing is slanted and misleading in favor of their preferred political party.
But the problem isn’t limited to just politicians and journalists. It’s pervasive throughout all sectors of society. Character and integrity, ethics and honesty, truthfulness and dependability, are in increasingly short supply in our society today. Situational ethics, rejection of objective truth, and general dishonesty are increasingly the standards being embraced and practiced.
It’s up to the people of God – Bible-believing Christians – to push back against that trend, to stand for truth, and to be men and women of character and integrity in the midst of a culture that has become increasingly ethically untethered.
All this month we will explore the issues of character and integrity from a Biblical perspective. We will discuss virtues like honesty, courage, dependability, and accountability; and we will look at problems like shading the truth, misrepresenting facts, situational ethics, reposting exaggerated and misleading Facebook memes, and much more.
Christians should be examples of ethical and honest conduct, men and women of integrity and strong character. I look forward to exploring this important subject with you.