In the wake of the Governor Northam racist picture fiasco, the question of honesty and integrity in our leaders is once again on the minds of the nation. Integrity, or living with consistent honesty in all things, is what we all strive for. There is likely not many people who do not believe they are living a good and honest life doing the best with what they have. But just because we believe we are honest, or try to be honest, does not mean that, at the end of the day, we are honest. We all have blindspots in our lives caused by things we love or care about. Those blindspots cause bias and are often the reasons we do not live with the integrity that Jesus did. In Proverbs, it says, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Our biggest blindspot, and reason for taking crooked paths, is usually ourselves. No one wants to believe they are in the wrong, but we all find ourselves there at different times in our lives. Recognizing the truth about ourselves, our actions, and their effects is how we can step off the crooked path and onto the straight and narrow. The hardest part of telling the truth is recognizing the truth about yourself. Today, give thanks for Jesus dying on the cross for us despite our crooked paths, and pray for him to give you the clarity to see where your path needs a little straightening.
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” – Proverbs 10:9 NIV