4/9/08

Integrity “Lite”

As news channels surveyed the recent hypocrisy of the Eliot Spitzer sex scandal (with flashbacks to other public and religious figures that also “fell from grace”), many comedians poked fun at Spitzer. I laughed, too, until I heard Christian commentator Cal Thomas ask why no preachers were standing up to talk about the moral implications of Spitzer’s choices. God convicted me and I stopped laughing.

Integrity includes soundness and incorruptibility as we adhere to a code of moral values. In our culture of decadence and integrity “lite,” it’s far too easy to go along with the crowd and laugh at “character flaws” rather than calling sin “sin.” It’s hard to persuade people that a holy God has certain expectations of His creation when we keep laughing.

We can’t excuse sin, even though we might understand how those who do not know God might do so. The Apostle Paul, in Romans 6:1-23, makes a clear case, however, that those who have died with Christ and now live in Him (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:4-6) are not to continue in sinful lifestyles. “Certainly not,” Paul said. We do not linger in sin, taking the grace of God for granted. We are new creatures in Christ, and we are expected to walk in righteousness and truth, with integrity, purity, and good character.

A popular poster about integrity says, “...The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become... .” We must make biblical choices and carefully guard what we say and do. Our freedom in Christ is not a license to sin.

Christ paid for our sins with His own blood on the cross, and we were raised to newness of life in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:1-11). Perhaps when we laugh too easily at sin, we forget what sin cost our Savior.

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