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No Integrity

The Lord looks down from heaven

    on the entire human race;

he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,

    if anyone seeks God.

But no, all have turned away;

    all have become corrupt.

No one does good,

    not a single one!

Psalm 14:2-3 (NLT)

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With the story of Easter still fresh on my heart, I read a devotion that stopped me in my tracks when it said, “No one has integrity.” Of course, I know that we are all sinners and only the grace and forgiveness from God makes His righteousness become our righteousness.

But I’ve always prided myself on my integrity. The definition in urbandictionary.com is “Doing the right thing even when nobody’s looking.” Another is, “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” I have been known to speak up and not back down in the face of opposition. But you know my problem — and it may be yours — pride. I can do it. Yet, as I look back over my life, I failed…again and again.

We would all like to be wise and follow God’s instructions every moment of the day. But both David and Paul remind us in Scripture that not one of us has succeeded and is without sin. We might try and do a PR job and present a face to the world about our integrity but if the nitty gritty was known, it is false. Dishonesty supersedes our great intentions and we are lost.

But God knows that we can’t do it alone, and further, He doesn’t expect it. We failed that test a long time ago in the Garden. Satan, the serpent, won that day and our destiny was death. But, then the empty tomb dashed the deceiver’s hopes and gave believers in Jesus Christ hope forever. He conquered death.

The political silly season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for a man of integrity to lead us. But more importantly, a man of God.

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One More Week

Commit everything you do to the Lord.

    Trust him, and he will help you.

He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,

    and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6 (NLT)

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You can’t escape the television ads, phone calls asking for money or votes, campaign signs lining the roads, and a mailbox full of campaign mailers and requests for money. The election season is about to end and we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

But can we? The one thing I’ve learned from my many years involved in politics is that we can’t depend on politics. It is a fickle taskmaster that sways from one side to the other, at times, almost on a whim. The blood, sweat, and tears that I have spent on a particular candidate or issue may be completely upended on Election Day.

I will never forget watching the returns on Tuesday evening in November, 1992, tears streaming down my face, as Bill Clinton was hailed  the winner. He was not my choice. Yet, the next morning, I hear the click of the fax machine and as the paper rolls off, I read the morning recap from Gary Bauer. Never, never, never, never, give up by Winston Churchill. OK. Breathe. Regroup. And do it all over again.

We are elated when our candidate wins. It makes us puff up our chest and feel like we were right all along. But what if our candidate loses? Did we misplace our hope? Were we wrong?

The enemy is alive and well on planet, Earth. He wants nothing more than to discourage us and keep us in the background and silent. He may even give us a few small wins to keep us quiet. But on the big stuff, he pulls out the big guns.

But the part that took so long to learn is that I’m not in control of elections—or anything, for that matter. God is sovereign and He will see that His will is done.  All I’m called to do, as a Christian, is to be faithful to the task He has given me.

As much as I would like to go into hiding after an election. we no longer have the luxury. Whether we win or lose, we are still called to be salt and light—to shine His love in the darkness and season our world with His hope and peace. We don’t know what the future holds for any of us. But we do know who holds our future.

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