Integrity

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At the beginning of the meeting, we made a list of people around us that we considered integral.

Then we made a list of words that came to mind when we heard the word "integrity": Purity, Importance, Trustworthy, Honest, Moral, Ethical, Impeccable, Incorruptible, Complete, Undivided / Modified.

The definition of "Integrity" in the dictionnary Petit Robert 1991 can be summed up as: State of a thing that has remained intact, integral, plenitude, honesty, incorruptibility.

The definition of the word "Integrity" in the Larousse 2015 comes down to: State of something that has all its parts, which has kept its original state, honest behavior.

The definition is the same no matter what years that integrity has always had its place in our world and always had the same definition. However, as society always increases its criteria of integrity, what was integral a few years ago is not necessarily so today.

So to avoid any definitional error, we must confide in the Bible.

The Bible gives us a promise in relation to an integral life:

1 Kings 9; 4-5: "If you will walk before Me, as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, so that you are obedient to do all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom upon Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man upon the throne of Israel"

Psalms 25; 21: "Truth and integrity will preserve me while I wait for You"

Psalms 78; 72: "So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands"

Proverbs 10; 9: "He that walketh with integrity walketh with assurance, but he that taketh the winding ways shall be discovered"

Proverbs 11; 3: "The integrity of righteous men directs them, but the detours of the perfidious cause their ruin"

Proverbs 13; 6: "Righteousness keeps him whose way is upright, but wickedness causes the sinner to ruin"

Proverbs 29; 10: "The men of blood hate the upright man, but the upright shall protect his life"

Titus 2; 7-8: "Showing to you in all respects a model of good works, and giving a pure, worthy teaching, a sound and irreproachable word, so that the adversary may be confused, having no difficulty in speaking of us"

In this last verse, the word we need to focus on is "Model." This word is translated in greek by "Tupos" which refers to a mark or imprint left by a blow.

This word comes from the greek word "Tupto" which means "to strike - to give blows - to disturb the conscience".

So in other words, the Bible exhorts us to be integral in order to mark people, to leave our imprint until disturbing the conscience of people.

An excellent example would be when people came to see Jesus to see if they really had to pay taxes. The people around him surely expected Jesus to tell them not to do so since the government was corrupt but Jesus told them to do it. His response struck them so as to disturb their consciousness to the point where his opponents left not knowing what to answer.

One might not understand the reasoning of Jesus who prefers to remain honest and pay taxes to a corrupt government but the word of God is clear on this point in Isaiah 55; 8: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD".

So whatever we may not agree with the rules and/or laws that govern our work and our judicial system, we must submit to it if we want to be honest.

It was something very difficult for me to accept but I understood that society has and always had the police it deserved. The police have their hands tied because the society has campaigned for laws to be passed in order to tie the hands of the peace officers. When this same society will be exhausted from daily injustice, it will militate in favor of loosening our hands. We can not lack integrity through personal convictions.

Finally,  keep in mind a thought of C.W. Lewis who said: "Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody looks".