The high influence value of integrity

ykvgqwjyRegrettably we tend to forget the high influence value of integrity in the home. R. C. Sproul, in his book Objections Answered, tells about a young Jewish boy who grew up in Germany many years ago. Th lad had a profound sense of admiration for his father, who saw to it that the life of the family revolved around the religious practices of their faith. The father led them to the synagogue faithfully.

In his teen years, however the boy’s family was forced to move to another town in Germany. This town had no synagogue, only a Lutheran church. The life of the community revolved around the Lutheran church; all the best people belonged to it. Suddenly, the father announced to the family that they were all going to abandon their Jewish traditions and join the Lutheran church. When the stunned family asked why, the father explained that it would be good for the business. The youngster was bewildered and confused. His deep disappointment soon gave way to anger and a kind of intense bitterness that plagued him throughout his life.

Later he left Germany and went to England to study. Each day found him at the British Museum, formulating his ideas and composing a book. In that book he introduced a whole new worldview and conceived a movement that was designed to change the world. He described religion as the “opiate for the masses.” He committed the people who followed him to life without God. His ideas became the norm for the government for almost half the world’s people. His name? Karl Marx, founder of the Communist movement. The history of the twentieth century and perhaps beyond, was significantly affected because one father let his values become distorted. (John Maxwell: “Developing the Leader Within You” pp 40.)

There is a great lack of people who are real in our time. When people look at you do they say, “I would like to pray like that person prays” or “I want to learn to fast like that person fasts” or “I want to be like that person because they are real.”

“Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.” (Heb. 13:18, NIV)

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