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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
1000 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"Living Under the Influence of--Uncompromising Integrity"
Sunday, 4/30/95, 9:30 a.m. Service
America was startled in 1991 when a book was published that
carried the title The Day America Told the Truth. Among the
startling things that were revealed in this study were the results in
answer to the question, "What would you do for ten million dollars?"
Twenty-five percent of Americans said that they would abandon
their families. Twenty-three percent said they would become a
prostitute for a week. Seven percent said they would kill a stranger.
If you don't think it's dangerous walking around these days, just
look at what they found about America. There's definitely an
integrity crisis in this country. Thirteen percent of Americans think
the Ten Commandments are binding and absolute truths; eighty-
seven percent do not. Ninety-one percent of Americans lie
regularly, eighty-six percent to their parents; seventy-five percent to
their friends. Eight billion dollars is lost every year in inventory in
our stores; ten percent by clerical error, thirty percent by shoplifting
and sixty percent by employee theft.
So when we look at what is happening in America we can see the
critical nature of integrity and how the world is looking to men and
women and young people who have integrity because it's such a
rare commodity. Whenever it happens it draws attention to itself.
In the Word of God there is a story about a man of integrity. His
name is Daniel. Three times the Bible says he was "Beloved of the
Lord." A man of integrity. I want you to look at this one illustration
of this man of integrity. In Daniel, chapter one, beginning in verse
3-5 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials,
to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and
the nobility, ...
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