“Let your eyes look directly forwards,
and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil.”
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Looking for Integrity Today
His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
In a TV drama entitled Uprising, the plight of the Jews of Warsaw and how they resisted the forces of the Third Reich is vividly portrayed. Some 350,000 men and women were forced like animals into the Ghetto where they were systematically annihilated.
In the drama that recounts the heroic story of resistance, a young Jewish male is forced by the Germans to be a spy and policeman. Of course, he hates what he has been asked to do, yet he wants to survive. In the drama, he repeatedly asks the question, “Can a moral man maintain his morality living in an immoral world?
Basically, this is the same question that Job asked long ago. Can you maintain your integrity in a world that scoffs at doing right, at being moral? How would you answer that question? Many say, “To get along, you have to go along!” In other words, don’t be different. Don’t make an issue out of someone’s theft or immoral behaviour. Nobody likes a whistle-blower! Mind your own business. Such is the reality in a world where honesty, truth and integrity are undermined on a daily basis. We hear the voices clamouring for respect, acceptance, truth and justice for all, but at the same time, relationships have broken down, and subsequently, we don't trust each other, and with distrust, we feel the need to protect ourselves by making ourselves look better than we are or trying to protect our own interests. Vulnerability is lost and hypocrisy is in.
The tragedy is that we've lost touch with spiritual moorings, and with the societal rejection of the Bible as a standard of ethics, we've lost a sense of integrity which demands total and complete honesty. We claim to know the truth, but at the same time, we deny it when confronted with the true meaning of truth as God defines it!
Can a moral person of integrity maintain his integrity in an immoral world? In the drama, Uprising, the young man eventually answers his own question by his actions as he becomes a double agent for the resistance movement and eventually lays down his life for those whom he hopes to spare. The reality is that there is a price to be paid for maintaining your integrity in a morally bankrupt world. John Bunyan paid that price by languishing in prison. Scores of modern martyrs have paid the price for holding on to their faith when even small compromises would have resulted in their being spared great suffering.
Towards the end of the first century, Christians were martyred by Rome because they refused to take even a pinch of incense and go to a pagan temple and say, “Caesar estin Kurios!” which meant, “Caesar is Lord.” Why? Because they were convinced that only Jesus Christ is Lord. Others told them, “What does it really matter? You don’t have to really believe that. Just say it, then go worship your Jesus.”
People who maintain their integrity and morality in an immoral world end up being stubborn, out of step with their culture, and are thought of as bull-headed and obstinate, yet they can hold their heads high, having refused to compromise.
Can a moral person of integrity maintain his integrity in an immoral world? It depends on the kind of substance you are made of, how far your vision goes, and what kind of an answer you get when you ask, “Am I willing to be overcome by what I detest?” William Shakespeare wrote, “To thine own self be true, and it shall follow as does the day the night, thou canst not then be false to any man.” We must remember that our reputation is what people think of us; our character is what God knows us to be: the mental, moral and spiritual qualities that are distinctive to who we are as an individual.
So, can a moral person of integrity maintain his integrity in an immoral world? Yes, by the grace of God and through obedience to His Word and your faith in Him, you can maintain your integrity in an immoral world. Only those that return to the mooring of God’s Word, which makes relationships cohesive, will discover that honesty is one of the ingredients of the glue that keeps us together.
Blessings in our Saviour's name,
Father almighty, you are greater than all things and the ever-living God. We come to you humbly, seeking favour, guidance, inspiration and continued motivation. We pray that on the days when we feel like giving up or giving in, we can look to you and know that through your grace and strength we can remain truthful and strong. We ask that you give us the foresight, patience and the perseverance to live in a world of mistrust, lying lips, anger, hatred and lack of integrity to each other and ourselves. Father, we pray that you will help us to reflect your love and truth within our community and with each other. We pray that should there be discord, you will invoke in us a spirit of harmony and peace.
We pray that we will conduct all of our affairs with honesty, integrity and fairness. We pray that we will arise and meet every challenge and will never shy away from declaring your truth and our faith in you through our living and example. May your blessing rest upon us and we too seek to bless others.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
OUR CHURCH IS NOW OPENED FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
Phone: 01250 874715 or 07716 510605
As part of the easing of restrictions in Phase 3, churches are now able to open for Sunday Services. I am pleased to advise that we are now ready to open for Sunday Worship from 27th September, at 11 am.
Openings are subject to Scottish Government guidance and legislation, so, unfortunately, those who have COVID-19, display COVID symptoms or who have been asked to self-isolate as part of ‘Test & Protect’ should not visit until clear.
As there is an absolute maximum of 50 allowed in the building for each service, we have decided that the fairest way to manage demand is to have a ‘reservation’ system for households. Seating will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis. However, if we have reached our maximum when you make contact then you can opt to reserve a place for the following Sunday.
To reserve seats please contact Pamela Howat by either phone on 01250 874 715, 07716 510 605 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible please contact out with 9 am to 5 pm, or leave a message with the required information. Please ensure you leave your name, contact number and how many in your household will be attending.
Reservations can be made from Wednesday before each service until 9 pm on Saturday. Online worship reservations will be available through www.ticketsource.co.uk/blairgowrieparishchurch.
There is no charge for reserving seats. If you choose to appear on the Sunday without a ‘reservation’ we will have to decline access, unless spaces are still available
Welcome to Blairgowrie Parish Church's website.
We’re a Christian community in the beautiful Perthshire town of Blairgowrie.
We are a church family of ordinary people who have experienced God’s love in Jesus. We seek to live and teach the Christian faith so that people can understand it and respond to the message it offers.
Whatever your reason for coming here – whether you are in need of help; searching for a church; looking forward to your wedding or baptism; exploring faith or simply planning to visit the area – come and visit us, we'd love to welcome you.
Rev Benjamin J A Abeledo