the ethical choice

choices, ethics, integrity

Written by Mark Lafler

B.A., Global University; M.C.S., Regent College I am currently serving as a youth minister at our church in Sarasota, FL. I am married to Tera (15 Years +) and we have 3 beautiful daughters.

October 3, 2012

choices, ethics, integrity

Recently I asked an adult Sunday school class, “Who is a well-known person that you trust?”  It took a little while to answer, but we came up with some names: Billy Graham, Tim Tebow, Tony Dungy.  Sadly, there was no one mentioned from the corporate world, the political world, or other places of influence (i.e. Hollywood); yet not surprising.

Trust is something we struggle with.  We have been let down so often especially with politicians or (so-called) heroes.  Perhaps that is why the genre of superheroes has become the rage in the entertainment business.  These superheroes have a harder time letting us down because they are not real.

Yet, the question remains, “Are we any different? Do I let people down?”

It seems everyday I am confronted with ethical choices – especially in the workplace.  Do I lie on my sales goal numbers?  Do I take ill-advised short-cuts on a procedure so that I can carry out the task faster?  Do I cheat on a test?

Although my choices most likely won’t have the same impact as a politician, a sports personality, or a corporate executive are they any less important?

Integrity is surely missing in North America.  I look for it daily.  It can really be hard to find in our self-focused world.

However, we are called to live out integrity.

Philippians 2:5-11 gives us the model.  The “Christ Hymn” describes a humble Son of God whom we are to imitate.

Humility.  Integrity.  These two words go together.

How do you live out integrity and/or humility in your place of business, school, or home?

1 Comment

  1. Andy Carlson

    I don’t think that you can “live out” integrity. Meaning, I think integrity and humility are “unintended or unexpected” results of becoming more Christ like. Do I ask myself in all circumstance, what would Christ do, what is the Holy Spirit leading me to…or do I ask what should I do some people will think I have integrity for humility. (sadly, I don’t ask myself those questions often enough during the day) Is our visible character because of what I want others to see, or because it occurs naturally because my desire for place in His life. It is not what I do, it is who I am in Him……


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the ethical choice

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