The Cambridge English Dictionary defines Integrity as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” That sounds easy on paper, but how one responds under pressure is where the rubber meets the road. Take two Biblical examples. Ananias and Sapphira valued acceptance more than integrity and it cost them their lives. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol and were thrown into the furnace, yet their lives were spared and they were rewarded with the presence of God.
Two opportunities, two decisions, and two dramatically different outcomes. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will always be revered as examples of faith and integrity, while Ananias and Sapphira are remembered for the consequences of their lie. May integrity be the foundation we build upon as we seek to impact the lives of others for God and His kingdom.
Colonel Marv Behr
ALERT Commanding Officer