Senator Alan Simpson had this to say about integrity:
“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”
It is said that integrity is who you are when no one is watching.
… the businessman who chooses to go the extra mile instead of making the extra buck.
… the athlete who plays by the rules, regardless of the outcome.
… the co-worker who gives you the credit you deserve, even if it costs him the promotion.
… the man who chooses to turn off the TV instead of being “turned on” by immoral programming.
Solomon said that it is “the little foxes that spoil the vine”. Temptation comes in many forms, but for most of us, it’s the little sins— the seemingly insignificant ones when no one is watching— that do the most damage to our walk with our Heavenly Father.
As C.S. Lewis once observed, “The safest road to Hell is the gradual one— the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”