The Brotherhood – Part 18

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

Does integrity matter anymore?

Once again, the Presidential election season brings us face-to-face with the issue of integrity. One Republican Primary candidate stands accused again of infidelity. We’ve heard it all before.

But what is intriguing about such news today is that the question commentators ask isn’t, “Is it true?” No, instead the hot question they have for the random voter is, “Does it matter?” Will the allegations force a candidate to abandon his presidential dreams or can the accusation be added to the pile of things he’ll try to overcome? Wow? How did we get here?

Sadly, familiarity breeds apathy. We’ve seen this before so the shock potential is virtually non-existent. We allow the headlines to roll past without the emotional response we might have had two decades ago. At the end of the day, most Americans will look past infidelity and dishonesty, if they can find a leader with a good economic plan.

Isn’t trust still valued today? I believe it is. We may have given up on the integrity of national leaders or decided that no one’s life can hold up to the scrutiny of the national spotlight, but here at home integrity still matters a lot. Living a life that is trustworthy is an absolute must for  a healthy marriage, raising healthy kids, and establishing healthy neighborhoods. Whatever values have been abandoned at the national level remain rock solid here at home.

Sadly, many prominent people are proving every day that they’re not worth following. Posters come off the walls as we make our choice to “don’t be that guy.” But this dearth of high character among the elite makes commitment to integrity even more critical on the local level. Someone has to live a life worth following or we leave a generation without the examples they need.

Let the man of integrity be you…


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