Integrity

in·teg·ri·ty (in-tĕg-rĭ-tē) n. 1. Adherence to a code or standard of values; probity.  2. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.  < Latin integritas soundness < integer whole, complete.

 

Who minds the minders? Whom can you trust? Is anybody’s word any good? Is everybody out for himself these days? The AP reports on this brochure from Bernard (Made off) Madoff and his investment firm:  "Customers know that Bernard Madoff has a personal interest in maintaining the unblemished record of value, fair-dealing and high ethical standards that has always been the firm's hallmark.” It turns out that his entire enterprise was a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

 

It is particularly sad to hear that otherwise bright people broke the first rule of investing—diversify your holdings—and gambled most or all of their savings or the principal of the endowments or foundations that they were managing on this one guy.

 

Think about it—since the Madoff firm was not based on any actual investments or companies or businesses, Madoff himself must have spent many years steadfastly lying to everybody.

 

I guess Jesus was right when he said that the love of most will grow cold as the end times grow nearer. Everybody’s greedy. Everything’s a hustle. Everything’s for sale. Christians, here’s our opportunity. In this bleak winter of lying and stealing, we can make Christ look good with programs and people dealings that have integrity. Whose word is any good? God’s Word is good. Whom can you trust? In God we trust. Really.

 

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Straight talk.  Real hope.

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