1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
2.the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.
One of the key issues for anyone who falls into sin is the issue of integrity, not the moral or ethical aspect, although that is important, but the lack of wholeness. When there is a “hole” of need in a life that person will try to fill it with what they believes will fill that hole. It’s this lack of wholeness that is core to the problem of infidelity.
We all struggle with wholeness.
God knows that.
That’s why Jesus came. His mission was to save and restore to wholeness the man he created. We teach and preach the message of salvation and wholeness as pastors and it’s common to expect people in the pews to respond to this need and seek wholeness, integrity. But what we often ignore is the fact that the man in the pulpit is also fallen, broken, and needs wholeness. There are times when the pastor will seek wholeness in other places than God and his work in him. It happens subtly. It happens seductively. It happens. And suddenly, or so it appears, a pastor who is looking for wholeness in the people of his church finds that he himself has sought that wholeness in all the wrong places. Because he lacked wholeness, lacked integrity, he was easy prey for the enemy. And he falls.
The secret for this short post is this reality- integrity (wholeness) must be found in God alone. When we seek to fill those holes in some other way we always get in trouble.