This morning I was reading about Daniel. You know, the Daniel and the Lion’s Den story? I’ve heard the story before, but this was the first time I really sat down and read it. He refused to quit praying to God despite it being against the law, so the king threw him into a den filled with lions. The lions did not touch him. I’m doing this whole “read the Bible in a year” book and something popped into my mind after reading the story.
Integrity. My pastor once said that Integrity is integrating what I believe into my daily actions. So, what does that mean? He went on to tell a story about how a woman was in prison in China, they brought her children to the jail and said that if she renounced God, said she did not believe in God she could go home with her kids and live out a full life. If not, if she chose to continue in her belief in God and Jesus, then she would remain in prison.
What would you do?
Well, this woman, standing firm in her faith, did not renounce God. She was kept in prison another 26 years. Can you believe it? Oh, and John McCain. When he was a POW, he was given the opportunity to leave the prison camp early because of the status of his father. He said no, he stuck with the protocol that the POW there the longest got to go home first. He remained in that POW camp another 4 years.
I call that integrity. What would you do in those situations? I would hope I could do the right thing, but God only knows.