Needed more than ever today, are men and women of integrity, men and women who cannot be bought at any price, men and women with the moral courage to stand alone if necessary, by that which they know to be right. “Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me,” said Job. (1)
Surely that which we know to be right, our standards, would elevate us above the filth and morass of the world around us. As such, we would become a light to those looking for direction, and longing for a better way. And what is a better way?
“…come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is His grace sufficient for you, that by His grace ye may be perfect in Christ…” (2)
Where change is needed in our lives, let us begin now by applying the salve of repentance! Let us look unto Christ, and be born again, as men and women of integrity!
“A man must live!” We justify
Low shift and trick, to treason high;
A little vote for a little gold,
Or a whole Senate bought and sold,
With this self-evident reply
“A man must live!”
But is it so? Pray tell me why
Life at such cost you have to buy,
In what religion were you told
A man must live!
There are times when a man must die!
There are times when a man will die!
Imagine for a battle cry
From soldiers with a sword to hold,
From soldiers with a flag unfurled,
This coward’s whine, this liar’s lie,
“A man must live!”
The Savior did not “live.”
But in His death was life
Life for Himself and all mankind!
He found His life by losing it!
And we, being crucified
Afresh with Him, may find
Life in the cup of death,
And, drinking it,
Win life forever more.” (3)
(1) Job 27:5
(2) Moroni 10:32 The Book of Mormon, another witness of Jesus Christ.
(3) “A Man Must Live,” Charlotte Stetson Gilman