Friday, December 18, 2015


Have you ever had to deal with a crooked business person?  It seems that in Kenya you are always coming face to face with corruption of one kind or another.  Even in Christian and Muslim communities there is this idea that lying and cheating are okay.  Christians cite the example of David who pretended he was crazy in order to escape from the wrath of an enemy king while Muslims seem to go directly to the source and use a phrase that loosely translated means "the good will of Allah."  So Christians think it is okay to be dishonest if you are preserving yourself and Muslims think that if they are not caught cheating, lying and stealing then that was the good will of Allah.

Billy Graham said, "Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together. We must constantly strive to keep our integrity intact. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost."

Proverbs 10:9 says, "He that walks uprightly walks surely; but he that perverts his ways shall be known." In other words, a man who lives with integrity lives securely but a man who perverts his ways will be found out eventually.

When was the last time you were challenged to consider your integrity?  In the world we live in, it is far more convenient to just tell that little white lie to get ahead.  But we end up lying not only to ourselves, our family and our co-workers; we end up lying to God in heaven. 

It doesn't matter if you live in Kenya, Europe or the states, temptations to wander from the path of God's Word abound.  We as humans have a tendency to justify our sin and categorize them as big or little.  We must remember that SIN has the potential to destroy us and the sin of deceit is only redeemed through the integrity of truth.

God wants us to be people of truth.  So we teach our children and adults in Kenya to stand for what is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of a good report, and virtuous. Where does these remarkable concepts come from? God's Word as found in Philippians 4:8.  Why do we do this? Because verse 9 commands us as true believers in Jesus Christ to "do" what God has asked us to do and we will have peace that only comes from the presence of God.

Peace begins with a life of integrity.

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