The Book of Proverbs offers a beautiful picture of “integrity”, which we would all be well served to not only read but practice. That applies to the individual on the street, the member on the pew in church, the ministers in the pulpit, law officers, all professions and most definitely POLITICIANS!
Proverbs 4:23-27 – “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. 26 Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. 27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.” NASU
As a society and a nation we are in deep trouble when “integrity” and “ideology” collide and ideology wins. Sadly, in my view, that is where we are today in America and much of the world. Too many are willing to say or do whatever is expedient to receive whatever benefit or reward they are seeking. I say that with regard to churches, businesses, professions and politicians. We are facing difficult times and if there was ever a time when INTEGRITY needs to become the cornerstone of our actions, thought processes, and relationships, it is today. People are hurting, fear is welling up inside hearts, families are falling apart, and as a nation we need our moral compass reestablished. There are many things that trouble me regarding the political scene but one of the latest things that bothers me deeply, is the seeming disregard for our moral values coming from the President. I disagree with his ideology and make no secret of that. I disagree with his political agenda and make no secret of that. I do not want him reelected to a second term and make no secret of that. However, when our Navy Seals took out Osama bin Laden I was willing to give him due credit for signing off on the mission. I don’t know if he was, coerced as some have suggested. I don’t know if he did it only for political expediency or because he genuinely considered Osama bin Laden a threat to our National Security. Either way, he had to sign off on the mission for it to take place and I give him credit for that. Many things regarding the incident trouble me, including his unwillingness to give any credit to former President Bush for putting the mechanics in place for the ten years of intelligence gathering to result in this success. It is troubling to me that on his watch, the ceremony for Osama bin Laden included prayers that effectively validated the heinous actions of this terrorist murderer. Additionally, his victory laps, while saying that we don’t need to spike the football, are difficult for me. Yet, I still say “Good Work” on getting Osama bin Laden.
The most recent thing that troubles me is inviting the rapper “Common” to the Whitehouse and saying that he appreciates the way this individual gets kids to focus on poetry. What? What is it that he gets them to focus on and what message does he send? He has rapped praising the cop killer Shakur who has now escaped prison and fled to Cuba is that the poetry that we want our kids focusing on? He rapped, “Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button/Killing over oil and grease/no weapons of destruction.” Is that what we want them focusing on? Totally disrespecting his predecessor and suggesting that he be burned. This rapper has defended the Rev. Jeremiah Wright who called for God to damn America or was using his liberty to curse from the pulpit. Rev. Wright, a man who has expressed racial hatred and called for the complete annihilation of Israel. Is that what we want our kids to focus on? For me, this is a case of “integrity” meeting “ideology” and integrity losing! Unless this “music artist” recants the statements I have alluded to, he should not be promoted by the Whitehouse as someone our kids can look up to. Mr. President when you allow someone of questionable character, who has openly voiced approval of a “cop killer”, suggested “burning” a former President and defended a preacher who has openly been anti-American, anti-Semitic, and engaged in racist activities you say to our kids, “this is okay and acceptable.” IT IS NOT!
I know that on the scale of life this could be considered a minor point, but it is not with regard to our moral values as a people. I look at this in light of the fact that Mr. Obama has declared that this nation is no longer a “Christian Nation” and that troubles me as a follower of Christ. However, he is not alone in this matter of “integrity” vs. “ideology”. Sadly, there are some on both sides that are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their ideological aspirations even if it means putting integrity in the closet or behind locked doors. Reverend Wright, God may indeed damn America if we don’t wake up, repent, and return to Him, but it won’t be for the ideology you promote it will be because of SIN.
I have posted before that I have committed to interceding for the nation and am doing that. When I see someone in the public arena who demonstrates “integrity”, I immediately begin to follow their activities and actions to see if it is, in my limited view, genuine. Today, I do not know who I will support during the campaigning season, that is way too long, but I will be closely watching for signs of “integrity”. I have seen some signs of it but hold back from naming names until I have opportunity to watch more carefully. Personally, I have not seen it from the President. You may totally disagree with me and that is your Constitutional right to do so. I long for someone to stand up and display integrity, honesty, and forthrightness. I want a leader who will not sacrifice integrity for expediency and will stand resolutely on the side of God and right. Have no fear, if I determine that a candidate exhibits those qualities, I will become very vocal in my support and be willing to offer my time and whatever funds I can afford to his/her campaign.
I am Christian in my core principles and values and conservative in my political views. For me, it is God first and that cannot be lip service but a demonstrated walk that matches the talk. Americans are more educated today than ever and yet we become so passionately involved in ideology that we often diminish or dismiss the importance of facts and the historical record. We dare not allow that to become our compass or we perish as a nation and a people. I would urge everyone who prays, to pray for salvation for our politicians and the forgiveness of God for our nation. I would plead that we all follow the prescription in the passage from Proverbs that I began this blog with. If we do that, we will see the hand of God move and “integrity” will win in the battle with “ideology.” It is my desire and prayer that God bless each of you and that He bless this nation.