Deflated Integrity

Deflategate, Spygate and the original Watergate headings all share the same theme of individuals or groups attempting to cheat in order to gain an unfair advantage. We tend to carry an extra disdain for those who cheat when they are in a position of power or popularity. Most acts of cheating are performed when it is believed no one is looking. These acts are often carried out late at night or behind closed doors. Because these actions are done in secret we often hear the comments “this affects the integrity of the game, individual or their position of leadership or example.” We may also hear people proclaim, “Everyone does it (cheat), and they just got caught.” Lets look at the first comment and focus on the word integrity. Most people tend to define integrity as honorable or trustworthy action that one might take when no one is looking. I’d like to present the concept that this definition is never accurate or valid. If you believe God to be non-existent or very distant then you may convince yourself there are times when you are completely alone and your actions are completely separated from all other relationships and cause no harm to others. If you are a born again Christian who believes in an intimate, personal and caring Father God then to believe this definition is either delusional or pure fantasy.

Psalm 139:7 (NKJV) Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

The answer to the rhetorical question asked in this verse is “no where.” Can I close the door of my room late at night and view pornography until the sun rises and God not be there? I don’t think so. Can I be in a part of town or different city where no one knows my name and have sex with strangers and God not be there? I don’t think so. We have been trying to trick our selves into believing we can hide from God ever since Adam and Eve attempted hide and go seek with the Father. Lets blow up our deluded definition of integrity and let’s try a new and more accurate one. Integrity is what we do when only God is watching. Now lets return to the comment that everyone does it and they just got caught. If we utilize the new definition of integrity then this comment or excuse is rendered inaccurate as well. When Adam and Eve got caught, they tried to hide and cover up with fig leaves. Jesus sends His Spirit to convict us when His children sin and get off course. We don’t use fig leaves to cover up our sins but we still try to hide and run away from the Spirit’s conviction. We run into the business of life, work and our children. We try to drown out His appeals through entertainment and the approval of man. The attempts we make today to hide from God are just as futile as our original parents.
You may be running and hiding from His Spirit’s conviction. You may have created a delusional world where you believe God cannot view your sin done in secret. If you or someone you love is in that position then know it is time to stop running and let the reality of His Truth and Love come into those secret places of your heart. God can handle your sin and He sent His only to carry and buy it. Will you trust Him with it today? Where sin abounds, grace abounds even greater still.

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About David Jones

David is a Memphis native and lives with his wife of 25 years and two children. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. He has worked in mental health for over 30 years with adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. For the past 15 years David’s primary focus has been working with men and their spouses in intensive sexual addiction workshops.

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