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Restoring Integrity (2 of 3)
Series The Frog in the Kettle: Restoring Lost Values and Redeeming a Corrupt Culture
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Revelation 3:1-3 (NIV)
Integrity: Undivided or unbroken state; complete
"It is better to be a poor person who has integrity than to be rich and double-dealing." Proverbs 28:6 (GWT)
"Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don't wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief." Revelation 3:2, 3 (NLT)
1. Speak the Truth
"Let our lives lovingly express the truth in all things speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly." Ephesians 4:15 (Amp)
2. Stand for the Truth
We're in this series on restoring lost values and redeeming our culture, but instead of redeeming our culture, Christ followers have become more like the frog in the kettle where the water is heated so slowly the frog doesn't realize it's boiling to death. And as the kettle of our broken culture heats up, we become desensitized to the devastating effects of an increasingly Christ-less culture, and we don't even realize our relationships are going up in smoke. We don't realize that our values are burning to the ground, and so today we're talking about restoring integrity because integrity is a long lost value in our culture. We live in a culture that always seems to put image over integrity. We no longer live in the age of integrity. We live in the age of the asterisk. So many of our sports heroes who've inspired us now have asterisks next to their names in the record books because they cheated the system in order to achieve the records with performance-enhancing drugs. Lance Armstrong inspired us to live strong, and then we find out he lied strong, and we wonder are there any heroes out there anymore? And all our politicians just tell us what we want to hear. Nobody else tells the truth about the problems our nation is facing. I don't know if it's their fault or our fault, who's more to blame, because we don't want to hear the truth. And so integrity has become this long lost value that we rarely see, but it's a priceless commodity.
And so in this series we've been looking at the seven churches in the Book of Revelation where Christ speaks to the seven churches, and they were in a pretty rough culture. You think it's tough to be a Christ follower in our culture today? You go back to the first century, and you go back to the early church. They were under Roman rule and a pagan empire, a pagan culture where they were persecuted and many of them killed for their faith. The culture was completely pagan. It didn't value life at all.