“He who walks with integrity, . . .” Psalm 15:2
The world is a dangerous place. We are in peril of our lives. The life of living faithfully is seriously threatened. Living the character of Christ is under attack. The enemy is subtle in his schemes to undermine. We find ourselves slogging through a quagmire of the devil’s battlefield. The challenge to maintain our integrity and live from a place of character is always before us.
Our response to so great a challenge falls into one of two categories: (1) we sink in the quicksand of paranoia, live in a state of panic doing everything we can to keep evil at a distance, or (2) we join forces with moralists, lead demonstrations, sign petitions, always defining our faith by what we are against. In other words, we live a negative form of spirituality by becoming “those” kind of Christians that the world loves to hate.
Granted, neither of these options are great. There are many who choose not to identify with either camp, but get along with a kind of timid, lukewarm, inoffensive, ineffective way of faith. But there is another option.
We take on our world with its issues by action and living out of who we are in Christ, neither in panic nor protest. We are called to realize and cultivate our unique identity as men and women living under the Lordship of Christ. We are witnesses to the unique and revealed way of life of the resurrection. Living our identity is more than an abstract ideology, more than strategy, it literally is Christ in us, the hope of glory.
Who we are takes precedence over what we do. Faith must be lived in this world. We must not act exactly the same as everyone else. We have a part to play in this world no one else can fulfill. As Christians we are the embodiment of the life of the trinity – truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God materializes into this world.
In what ways does the character of Christ influence your decisions?