Integrity and Normal Life

Psalm 15 A psalm of David (NLT)
Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the LORD, and keep their promises even when it hurts. Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.
This is not technically a political post — this is a life post. I am “re-memorizing” (meaning I memorized it some years ago but it needs a healthy review) this psalm and wondering. . .

Jesus truly is the only one with complete and utter integrity. God is perfect; I am not. However. . .disciples are called to imitate their teacher . . .but that is for another post.

In an election year (or extended season, as it seems to be) there is so much talk, and criticism, and innuendo about a candidate’s past actions, and present ideologies and plans and whatever else can fill the present 24-hour news cycle. Whom do we believe? What is important, and what can just be passed over as human nature?

And then I look at this psalm. Five simple verses. No, I am not promoting salvation by works. I know that there is none who does good, no not one (Romans 3) but I also know that God’s Word is true, not just for the faithful follower of Jesus; God’s Word is true, and His principles are right (as the Creator, does He not know how man should live?)

What if we held up this psalm to a candidate’s life/voting record/youtube videos? What if these traits were promoted as standard behavior at work? at school? in our homes? in our churches?

I repeat — salvation is only by grace through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He who knew no sin became sin for us, that in Him we might become the righteousness of  God (2 Corinthians 5). Morality will not save me. But God has established rules to govern society, and whether or not a person is a follower of Jesus, they will benefit from following these basic rules. Integrity; truthfulness; kindness; generosity . . .when did these traits become so rare?

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