INTEGRITY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS! Proverbs chapter eleven is such a great read on the differences between the godly and the ungodly; those who love God and follow His principles for living and those who are just “full of themselves.” As one reads this chapter of the bible the country we live in (in fact the world we live in) is accurately and sadly truly described. The writer says, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity,” (Proverbs 11:3 NIV). This truth is brought to life in every segment of our society; political, business, governmental, and yes even in the religious realm. If integrity and righteousness guided the life of our nation what a difference it would make; love of God and love of neighbor would permeate and things would be totally different. If only all Christians followed this path what a difference there would be in society.
A number of our cities are embroiled in controversy and rebellion with the laws that have been passed by the U.S. Congress and their actions are causing conflicts between many segments of society. Proverbs 11:11 seems to bring into focus this problem and many other problems like it in our society when it says, “Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.” If these disagreements were handled with integrity and righteousness our society would be blessed and problems resolved but unfortunately too often Proverbs 11:14 is too true, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” Too often instead of guidance by those of integrity and righteousness our cities and often our country are led by those full of pride and self-aggrandizement and their own personal agendas. As Christians we need to fervently pray for our nation’s leadership at all levels to be led by those of integrity and righteousness regardless of their political parties. The apostle Paul reminds us that we should pray for “kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2 NIV).