Weekly Update – Integrity matters (13th January 2022)

As I write the main headlines surround the party that took place in Downing Street on 20 May 2020 that the Prime Minister has now admitted he attended, although he argues he didn’t realise it was a social event. While it isn’t appropriate to comment on this issue much here, it is worth reflecting that 2 issues have particularly provoked people’s anger – 1) the double standards that those who set the rules weren’t adhering to them while many across the country were keeping to the rules at great personal cost to themselves (not being with loved ones as they died, etc.) and 2) the feeling of being lied to or at least the truth being hidden from people for so long.

At the heart of this issue is integrity and the Bible speaks clearly and challengingly about this, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out” (Proverbs 10:9).  Jesus also cautioned about us being too judgmental:

‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’ 
(Matthew 7:1-5)

So, in the midst of all this, all we can do is seek to make sure that we are people of integrity, being aware of our own fallibility and frailty. Perhaps we may find it helpful to pray this prayer …

“May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.” (Psalm 25:21) 

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