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It Is Not For Sale

By Don Loftis | 08.23.17

Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.”  It is measured in consistent behaviors through the years and is often tested in very difficult settings.

 

It certainly was that way for Coach Cleveland Stroud of the Rockdale County (GA) Bulldogs.  After 18 years as coach, his team won the state basketball championship.  He was carried off the court, his picture was on the front page of the newspaper, and the team incurred celebrity status in town.  However, two months after winning the trophy, the coach discovered that one of his players had been academically ineligible.  Though he had only played 45 seconds at the end of one game, the coach knew it had to be reported; they had to forfeit.  He told his team, “You’ve got to do what is honest, what is right, and what the rules say.  People forget the scores of basketball games, but they don’t ever forget what you are made of.”

 

For us, our integrity is tested when worldly values (popularity) challenge our core values of right and wrong.  It is tested when no one is watching — we are out of town on a business trip; the boss is out of the office; a cash transaction cannot be traced by the IRS.  Integrity refuses to sell out, no matter how enticing the sale.

 

Paul often refused to accept pay for preaching the Gospel, lest someone would think he was in it for the money.  In transporting the contribution to Jerusalem, he had others go along.  He explained this in II Corinthians 8:21 by saying, “For we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”  Let’s protect our integrity at all cost!

 


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