Bread – Politics

April 11, 2018


Psalm 101

I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.”  Ps. 101:2b-3a

When I began to write this, my eyes turned to the word “integrity” and I thought I would write about that, but instead I was drawn more to the words “my house.”

What is “my house?”  Is it merely the building I sleep in?  Is it the workplace where I make a living?  Is it my city, my county, my state, my nation?  What exactly is “my house?”

I guess the answer to that question depends upon how much I take personal responsibility for my actions.  If I am but a temporary boarder or renter, perhaps I feel like a victim and have “no house of mine.”  If I feel estranged from social and political life, perhaps I may feel that my living space is “my house” but nothing else is.

If you refuse to take personal responsibility for your life, then there is nothing in this Psalm which will appeal to you.  If every bad thing which happens to you is someone else’s fault – my landlord, my boss, my next door neighbor, my enemy, the corrupt politicians in Washington, my parents, my children, my co-workers, my priest, my spouse, or, ultimately, my … God – then holding yourself to a standard where you will not set before your eyes anything that is worthless is probably impossible (for you, not for God when you ask).

So this commentary today is written to those who take personal responsibility at some level and recognize that there is in fact a “my house.”

There is certainly a problem with integrity throughout each of our lives, where we live inconsistently minute by minute.  An example is in order.  If we say we honor God and live in integrity, can we seriously say that everything we do is intended to honor God?  If you answered “yes” to that question, then my next question is “Really?”

So integrity is a problem for us, but we know that.  What we are not so much aware of is that “my house” is a much bigger concept than we often think.

The reason I named this Bread “Politics” is to point out that, as Christians, the concept of “my house” includes our country and every subdivision where we live and work.  Once we swallow that concept, we may even then grow to recognize that the entire world is “my house.”  So the question of whether we walk in integrity in “my house” is really a question of whether, in the tumble and turmoil of everyday life, in the boardroom and the workroom and the legislature and the club and the association and the schools, and everywhere else we touch, do we walk with “integrity of heart?”

So, as we finish this week, month, and year, I think we each need to ask ourselves the following questions:  (1) Do I take personal responsibility for “my house?”; (2) Do I have a view of “my house” which includes my neighborhood, my workplace, my government (city, county, state, nation)?; and (3) Do I walk with “integrity of heart” in “my house?”

The truth is that all of us will answer one or all of the questions in the negative, at least sometimes.  So what do we do?  — We pray:  “Come Holy Spirit and (a) teach me that, under God, I am the steward, the caretaker, of what God has given me, which makes me in charge, subject to Him, (b) expand my horizons to see that I am Your representatives at home, at work, and at places near and far, and (c) empower me to walk in integrity of heart, helping to avoid anything that is worthless according to Your Word.”

And when we do, be prepared for the storm because Satan does not like us to be light in darkness.  But that’s OK, because we have won.

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© 2018 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

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