Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, August, 2018

posted Jul 31, 2018, 12:19 PM by Lois Kerchner

Following the Path of Integrity

As I write this, the Disciple Bible Study Class has just finished studying the Book of Proverbs and is moving on to Ecclesiastes. There are many opposites to be found in Proverbs: the wise and foolish, rich and poor, aged and young, drunk and sober, weak and strong, good and evil, righteous and wicked. One of the things that struck me as being worth some further consideration perhaps was the concept of, “Walking on the path of integrity.”

We read in Proverbs 10:9 (NIV) “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Or the same verse in the New Living Translation says, “People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.” Again in the Contemporary English Version (CEV) we are told that “You will be safe, if you always do right, but you will get caught, if you are dishonest.”

Older Bible versions talk about walking blamelessly, sincerely, or uprightly such as in the American Standard Version (ASV), where it says that whoever “walketh uprightly walketh surely; but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.” It makes some sense to say that “He that perverteth his ways shall be known.” But there is little room for misunderstanding with, “You will get caught, if you are dishonest.”

The point is that there will always be a serious price to pay by not living “uprightly” or failing to walk in the path of integrity. This has always been true and will never change. Yet lack of integrity is just as much an issue for us today as has ever been true in the past.

Mark Twain expressed his thoughts on this topic when he opined, “An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.” And furthermore with his remark that, “I am not an economist. I am an honest man!”

There are dozens or perhaps even hundreds of quotes along the nature of finding an honest man. George Washington observed, for example, that, “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” Or consider these words of Sam Houston: “I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.”

We all have a reputation and a legacy associated with us. Jesus observed that the greatest or most important commandment was to love God with one's whole heart, soul, mind and strength and that there was a second “To love your neighbor as yourself,” for there is no other commandment greater than these. Certainly if we follow Jesus' teaching in this respect we will be following or walking on the path of integrity.
George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries