Living with integrity requires consistency between who we are at work and who we are in every other area of our lives — at play, at home, on sports fields, in church, and in relationships. We must recognize ourselves in a variety of contexts, so that we truly “know ourselves.” We are healthiest (in mind and body) when we treat our waiters the same way we treat our loved ones.
Conscious awareness that we want our children to have integrity should impact the decisions we make on a daily basis. It doesn’t mean that we always make great decisions, but it does mean that we “own” those decisions – openly and honestly.
Sadly, hypocrisy and Christianity have a long history, despite Christ’s outspoken opposition. Busting the stereotype of a “hypocritical Christian” means that living with integrity is essential to redefining Christian life.
Look at the circles we create – our bible study materials, our book clubs – do they encourage independent thinking? Challenge us? Force us to be better than we were yesterday? Do our friends hold us accountable to do what is right, even when it is not easy, or do they justify societal selfishness?
There is no integrity without faithfulness to one’s individual journey. Finding religion is not the answer to all questions, nor does it speak to one’s character. Revelation, through whatever means, is the starting point of life with God, and integrity is reflected in a life filled with light.