Integrity?… some would say in today’s world… What is that?
Christians of all people should have integrity and spiritual discernment. Someone once said, “Integrity is the way you behave when no one is watching.”
As most of you know, I’ve been in and out of the hospital lately, and I wondered if doctors still recited the Hippocratic Oath upon embarking on this noble chosen profession. I’m inclined to believe that many practitioners are in it for the money.
Some go into the noble profession because of the pressure and/or expectations of their parents. After all, that line of work almost guarantees monetary success, especially if you hook up with the bigger pharmaceutical companies who charge exorbitant prices for their products, giving the physicians a kickback for prescribing their products. Plavix, for example, costs over 400 dollars per prescription. Doctors can make a bundle by subscribing these meds. As a matter of fact, the head of a huge pharmaceutical company was charged with corruption in pushing opioids despite knowing the devastation it was causing in the public domain. He was very wealthy.
It seems everybody is on the take; doctors, lawyers, and politicians top the list of big moneymakers at the expense of the public. It seems that many of us have lost our moral foundations and have gone crazy for money.
Many such people have so much money they don’t know what to do with it. Lavish vacations, top-of-the-line automobiles and yachts, facelifts, expensive clothes and food, and still they want more – what for? They will never spend all the money they’ve gathered. Some spend sleepless nights and guilty consciences and wonder why. Some of these have crossed over to the dark side and have lost all sense of propriety and moral character. “The love of money is the root of all evil.”
Lying is being used to cover up bad behavior even in the higher echelons of government. We refer to it as “little white lies,” or better still, “I misspoke” when cornered and having to answer to their accusers. Such are people in government at the present time, but the Bible says, “Be sure the truth will find you out.” If that be so, then many in government will be facing jail time for their criminal excesses and lying to the court.
Many of the violations have to do with betraying the public trust. I mean, if you can’t trust the leaders of the FBI, CIA, the media, doctors, the clergy and our country’s leaders – who can you trust? “Although all men are liars – God is not.”
If you lack integrity and spiritual discernment, study the scriptures diligently and ask God to imbue you with these very valuable attributes; He’ll be more than happy to oblige you. However, this can only happen when we single-mindedly pursue them and quit being a double-minded person who goes along with the prevailing winds.
Even as I write these things, they are being confirmed like never before by other writers and news organizations to the point where it’s becoming eerie.
This brings up my latest anomaly which is being played out right now.
I have been readmitted to the hospital for what is being called an angina attack. This, after having another attack – and until I thought it over, I was perplexed since I thought the hospital visits were over. But after taking thought (maybe it’s another God thing where he needed someone to be His spokesman yet again), I just relaxed and went along for the ride.
This time after the initial attack (in which I thought I had “bought the farm), I eventually relaxed to the point where I thought the doctors might not believe I had experienced a relapse. But as it turned out, the very first person (nurse) I encountered just happened to be a Mormon who referred to herself as a “Latter Day Saint.” Having done some research on that faith, I knew what she meant and called her out on it. It seems that this cult has changed its tactics to omit the word Mormon. However, she did say that she read the Bible along with the book of Mormon, but she couldn’t quote scripture, something I’m very familiar with. I quoted a couple of verses to which she had no reply. When I told her I knew of Joseph Smith (the founder of Mormonism) finding the gold plates and of the angel Moroni, she blanched.
Still, however, we hit it off anyway as I determined she was a true seeker who was being hoodwinked by the Mormon cult.
Later, when I had time, I wrote down three Bible verses for her to ponder. The most straightforward one being – Revelation 22:16-20, as well as Colossians 2:8 and 1 Timothy 6:20.
If this was the reason for my being here, then my hospitalization was not in vain.
But another good thing happened as I was being wheeled to the echocardiogram room. A young black man of about thirty (who was working here) just happened to see me as I was approaching the room sitting up on the gurney, and he called out, “Hey, don’t I know you from First Baptist?” “Yes,” I answered, although I didn’t remember him.
He was very excited to see me and said he wanted to talk to me. I gave him the rapture ready address as well as dropzonedelta.org address. He was eager to tell me all that has transpired since the church fell apart, and I was eager to tell him things he didn’t know about the takeover. We agreed to meet later in my “holding pen” at the hospital where we could talk at length. He did say that he and his wife were seeking a new church, and I can’t wait to tell him about my new church home. My new church home is also a huge church with many ongoing programs, and the young pastor’s sermons are Biblically sound.
Now, to me, this encounter and the encounter with the Mormon seeker was a divine appointment as well.
A couple of days ago, I ran into the choir leader at a local restaurant and stopped to acknowledge him, even though he shrunk at the sight of me, hoping he wouldn’t be noticed. (He knew how much I liked the former pastor of First Baptist, Hayes Wicker, whom he and the other usurpers vilified and mistreated.) Incidentally, the leader of that cabal has left for greener pastures.
As all of this goes on, I’m reading Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin.