Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup –was elected Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore in 2012.
He has been a Methodist pastor for 30 years.
Many of us may have seen the TV commercial of a father and his son going to an amusement park. Before entering the merry-go-round, the father paid for tickets for both of them. The man receiving the payment looked at the son, and then told the father that he could have told him that the boy was under six years old. He would not have known the difference and would have let the boy in for free. The father pointed his chin at his son and said to the man, “He would have known.”
What the father was modelling before his son was integrity. That word has its root in “integer”, meaning a whole number. It is about wholeness, or soundness, being integrated rather than divided.
In contrast, many of us were aghast when a staff member at an outlet of a well-known company was caught on camera transferring soybean drink from cartons of another company, and claiming the rebottled drink to be freshly-produced.
When we walk in integrity, our thinking, our emotions, our spirit, our values, our convictions are in alignment with our conduct. Our exterior life is in sync with our internal life.
First, this psalm is a prayer. One key motivation to walking in integrity is our awareness that there are eyes trained on us. It is to this person (or persons) that we will be accountable – especially if this Person is God. Self-deception, arising from a lack of such awareness, is one reason why many of us keep doing evil.
“I will ponder the way that is blameless,” sings the psalmist. Thinking about ways we can practice integrity, we can then anticipate various scenarios which challenge our commitment to it and prepare the right responses.
Most people do not become corrupt overnight. It is a process of gradual decay. When we start to relax our standards in this area, it is a matter of time before we no longer walk in integrity.
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