PRINCIPLE #2: CHOOSE BLAMELESS BUSINESS PRACTICES OF INTEGRITY
I don’t know about you, but my head is still spinning from the Enron and Bernie Madoff ponzi schemes. (I won’t mention the games recently played by Wall Street!). As His followers, we obviously are called to a higher standard. God help us.
- The Old Testament defines blamelessness as being ethically strong and operating entirely in accord with the truth:
“Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord” (Psa. 119:1).
Noah : “…Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God” (Gen. 6:9)..
Job : “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job…[who] was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1b).
Daniel : “…The administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent” (Dan. 6:4b).
- The Book of Proverbs clearly addresses the issue of living a blameless life of integrity:
“[God] holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless ” (2:7). “Uprightness” conveys the idea of going straight; being direct in the way: “ Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you” (4:25). (See Pro. 11:5)
“Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner” (13:6). Thus, righteousness is affirmed by conforming to, and not being deterred from an ethical, moral standard. (See Pro. 21:21)
- The New Testament defines blameless as being inculpable, above reproach, living an innocent life without blemish and without fault. (See Luk. 1:6; Phil. 2:15; I Tim. 3;2; Tit. 1;6)
PRAYER : “Lord Jesus, working as I do in an unethical world of compromise and rationalization, grant me the courage and grit to stand alone, if necessary, in reflecting your blameless life of integrity.”
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill