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Integrity Crises (7 of 7)
Series: Unshakable: 10 Truths for a Rock-Solid Life
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Exodus 20:15-17 (NIV)
• Proverbs 20:21 (Msg)
• 1 Peter 5:3 (NLT)
• 1 John 1:7 (NIV)
• Proverbs 10:9 (NIV)
I. MAKE GOD'S VALUES MY VALUES
• The value of honesty
• Exodus 20:15 (NIV)
• Malachi 3:7-10 (NIV)
• The value of truth
• Exodus 20:16 (NIV)
Last year the movie, Argo, won the Academy Award for best picture; and it was based on the true story that centered around the Iranian Hostage Crisis in the 1970s. I remembered a little bit about the Iranian Hostage Crisis having watched some of the coverage as a kid; but after I watched the movie, I went to the Internet to learn more. You get on the Internet, and you just kind of go from thread to thread, place to place. I was reminded that the 1970s was the decade of the crisis. It was crisis after crisis. It was amazing how, you know, there was an energy crisis where the Arab oil embargo caused gasoline to be rationed and there were long lines at the pump. There was an economic crisis as inflation was double digits; and of course, there was the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
But, the worst crisis of the 1970s was the first crisis, the Watergate crisis, as President Nixon was forced to resign rather than be impeached because of his role in the cover up of a burglary at his political opponent's headquarters in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. It was the worst crisis because it was a crisis of integrity, and it really rocked our nation. I mean after Watergate everyone was asking: Who of our leaders can we trust anymore? Is there anyone left that we can look up to?
Now a lot has changed since the 1970s. In the 1970s it was long hair, and now it's longing for hair for some of us. In the 1970s it was acid rock, and now it's acid reflux for some of us. A lot has changed since the 1970s, but something hasn't changed. We still have a crisis of integrity as we have politicians who cover up the truth in order to gain political points.
We have Wall Street moguls who really try to cheat the system for monetary gain. We have athletes who take performance-enhancing drugs to gain an advantage and then they lie about it. We're still asking the same questions. Who can we trust? Is there anyone left that we can look up to? I think we're down to Honey Boo Boo. I'm not sure. The Kardashians. Honey Boo Boo. No, the Duck Dynasty boys. We can still look up to those guys. Yeah.
Integrity crisis is something that affects us all; and before we point the fingers at everyone else, I want us today to look at ourselves because the worst crisis you and I will ever face is a crisis of integrity.