I am a huge fan of sports, particularly football. But I have been flabbergasted by all that is going on in the sports world. I am not intending to pass judgment, call people out or point fingers at specific individuals, but there seems to be a common theme to the demise of individuals and teams… The issues of integrity and honesty.
We have seen over and over in the sports world the consequences of being dishonest and lacking integrity. “Legends” of the fields have fallen, and people have been physically and emotionally wounded. Lies have been used to cover up scandal, and trust has been broken. But it is not just in the sports world.
The reality is this: We all have struggled and will struggle with honesty and integrity. It may not be as transparent as the issues we have seen in the sports world, but scripture is clear about how dishonesty can spread: “Whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” – Luke 16:10.
So, here are the TWO things that I would tell the fallen “legends” of sports, the people who are trying to justify “minor” lies, and what I would tell myself, family and friends to do if they’re struggling with being dishonest:
- RESTORE YOUR FELLOWSHIP WITH THE LORD: When we are dishonest, we aren’t able to experience our relationship with the Lord the way God intended. We must admit our sin and receive God’s mercy and forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.” – John 1:9.
- DO YOUR BEST TO RESTORE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HARMED PERSON: “Confess your sins to one another” (James 5:16). I’m not going to lie (haha), this one is pretty hard to do! But the fact of the matter is that the Lord wants us in a right relationship with Himself and others. The way we can do this is by swallowing our pride and sharing with those we have harmed how we have wronged them.
There is a lot more that could be added. God’s word is full of counsel on honesty and integrity. But if you want to be in a right relationship with the Lord and others, this is a really good starting point.