Have you had an account hacked yet? I say “Yet” because if you haven’t your time is most likely coming. It’s strange to have accounts hacked on almost every part of your life. Just thinking back over the last couple of years I’ve had accounts hacked on Facebook and Instagram. But I’ve also had multiple charges made to credit card accounts and bank accounts so that all kinds of information had to be changed to move forward. It has reached the point that our credit card issuers are suggesting using fake account numbers to keep the accounts from being stolen or hacked. It does make me wonder how long a society can last that you have to be on guard every moment in every thing you do to make certain someone isn’t stealing from you or trying to use your information to hurt or take advantage of someone else.
What has happened to integrity? Do you still hear anyone say that honesty is the best policy? I can remember when it was common to go to the bank and borrow money based on your integrity or reputation. Somehow I doubt that such can be done now.
It should stand out that when we take away teaching about God, the Bible and a true standard of right and wrong you leave all forms of integrity behind. If there is no God and the Bible is just another book then what difference does it make whether one tells the truth or is honest in their dealings with each other. Having grown up in an era where we were taught to trust others until they demonstrated they couldn’t be trusted it is a huge challenge to go about life wondering who you can really trust.
Solomon challenged us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” His challenge is one that would bless everyone if they followed it. But why should I trust the Lord? Because He is trustworthy. He is a God who cannot lie. His very nature is built on truth. I can trust the Lord and his word both when he says things that are good for me and when things don’t seem good at all. I can trust him because He made us in his own image and likeness. I can trust the Lord because He loves us more than we can even love ourselves or be loved by anyone else in the universe. Only of God can it be said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
If I truly trust God with all my being one result that will come is that I become more like him and more trustworthy myself. I have noticed in life generally that if I spend my time around people that are loving, caring, trustworthy and trusting of others, I tend to become more like that myself. But the more I’m around people who can’t be trusted and who look for a way to deceive others, the more I stop believing anything that others say and the harder it becomes even to trust the Lord.
Let’s start a new revolution in our part of the world. It will be a revolution of truth, honesty and trustworthiness in every part of our lives. It demands the pledge to be ones in our home life that live up to the commitments we make to each other and that our partner in marriage can trust us all the time as long as we live. But let’s teach the principles of trust, truth and integrity to our children. Unless it is based on God and the Bible this effort will be a total failure. But if we bring out children up to know the God who made them and loves them so much he would give his Son to die so they can be saved, we will form their lives around integrity and honesty. We in this revolution will stress things like: “Your word is your bond”, “Honesty is the best policy”, “A honest days work will bring an honest days pay” and “God will judge us based on our works in life.”
If we could get across to our children that trust is built on integrity and honesty that is demonstrated all through your life, we would do a tremendous service to them. Imagine the difference it would make if every young person understood that one wrong deed or dishonest endeavor will lead to many people distrusting you for the rest of your life. You can change and be forgiven for any wrong, but that won’t change the assessment people make of you when they remember wrong actions from earlier times. We can make the world better by standing firm on trustworthiness in life. But never forget that integrity is tied to faith in God who can always be trusted.