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.
It’s been an interesting week to be zipping around the nation’s capitol. The first of this season’s Presidential debates highlighted midweek life among the nation’s legislators and the buzz from the result in ringing loudly on a Thursday morning. Within a month, decisions will be made concerning the leader who will fill the chair just two blocks down the street.
Of course, election season focuses a great dela of attention on what we’re looking for in a leader. At the national level, there’s much talk of integrity, social issues, and one’s capacity on the international stage. Still, most elections quite predictably run along economic lines. If life is good, the good guys stay in office. If life is bad, the bad guys are usually shown the door.
For many of us, however, the question of integrity matters. We want leaders we can trust–even if they may occasionally choose paths we’d prefer to avoid. Trusting a leader seems a near necessity for one’s security and confidence in the future.
Now, my intent isn’t to speak of the current slate of candidates or to stir you toward donkeys or elephants. Instead, I want you to consider a different definition for integrity–living what you expect of others.
You see, it’s easy to get wound up over someone who intrudes into your living room with video explanations of why your vote should go his way. And you can join the throng as they establish their requirements for any candidate who might garner their vote. But are we living what we expect of our leaders?
Are we living truthfully? Are we putting the needs of the many ahead of our own? Are we making choices based on our values rather than blowing with the latest popularity breeze?
Those who insist others behave differently than they do aren’t living with integrity. “Do as I say and not as I do” is an unattractive way to parent your kids, and it’s not any prettier when we aim that thinking at the names in the ballot box. Be the man you want others to be, and you raise the water level of your community’s integrity.
Now, that’s a choice we should all make this election season. Be the man you wish our President, Senators, Governor, and Mayors need to be. Be that man, and you may impact your own life more than any other leader can.