I recently read an article about a book by Dr. Philip Hebert, Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical Trainees and Physicians.
The article said it was “a popular resource” and “many successful applicants have raved about it.” But what was curious about the book was that many try “to illegally download it, a book on ethics.” That’s ironic!!
Years ago I heard of a youth group that had gone to a conference. During a period of free time, some had visited the local Christian books store and stolen WWJD bracelets. (WWJD stands for What Would Jesus Do.) Again, very ironic!!
Would you say they were hypocrites? A hypocrite is someone who says they have particular moral beliefs but behave in way that demonstrates they are not sincere.
In Matthew 23, Jesus castigates the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. He warns his followers not to follow them, “for they say, and do not.” (KJV) The ESV renders it, “For they preach, but do not practice.”
It word “integrity” comes from the word “integer” which means one. When we are a person of integrity our words and our actions match, our belief and our behavior are one.
It is not coincidental that many of Paul’s epistles can be divided into two parts. The first half is doctrinal. The second half is practical. The first half tells us what we are to believe. The second half tells us how we are to behave.
The truth of the matter is our behavior should match our belief system. So what we really believe is demonstrated in how we behave. Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (I John 2:9)
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.