On: Morality and Integrity

Inspired by a chapter in Proverbs I just read (Prov. 29), I am thinking: morality and integrity.

The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy says the following about morality:

The term “morality” can be used either

  1. descriptively to refer to some codes of conduct put forward by a society or,
    1. some other group, such as a religion, or
    2. accepted by an individual for her own behavior or
  2. normatively to refer to a code of conduct that, given specified conditions, would be put forward by all rational persons.
Famous philosophers Immanuel Kant and David Hume had much a thing to say about morality; while our dearly loved Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle had much to say about ethics.
Today, I wish to focus on neither of the aforementioned! As a matter of fact, I will attempt to keep this post completely jargon-free, I simply want to focus on what God (His Word) has to say about Christian morality, ethics and integrity and how these can be lived out in contemporary 21st century Europe (and beyond).

Church Leadership
 has the following to say about Christian integrity,
Insincerity gives people a false impression of who we are called to be; it nullifies integrity and character!
Integrity is considered the quintessence and application of Character. It is the demonstration of who we are in Christ and that our faith is real and backed up with our attitude and word. The absence of integrity is an indication that we as Christians are perhaps fakes and frauds at worst, and ineffective and useless at best. It is essential that we pursue integrity and His transforming work to make His Name real and shown (Rom. 12).
I find it exceedingly important, seeing as gifts, talents, “success” and fame seem to have universally taken over the importance of true virtues and character. We have been called to a higher level of excellence than that of others around us: one of truth, love, honesty, and functionality.
We become Christians by the work of the Spirit. But, our maturity in Christ and how we practice our faith is determined by the choices we make from the conviction and confidence of our beliefs.
So, how do you become that person of character and integrity?

Christian Nice Guy
 says the following about character development,

It takes time to develop success in any area of life. Good character is only developed after consistently making choices that are right. You may be wondering how you can always know when a decision is right. As humans we will not always know because it is human nature to make mistakes. It is important that we train ourselves in developing the character of manhood, we must constantly be renewing our mind. To change your behavior, you must change the way you think. Just as an athlete will train his body daily to build stamina, endurance and peak performance, we too must train our minds by taking in new information daily. The condition of your thought life will determine your ability to hear God’s voice and make choices that are in line with His word and His character.

In my next couple of posts I’ll be sharing numerous insights I gained from my very own mentor and leadership expert John C. Maxwell.
 
Remember: 
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:4
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