Your Secrets Will Be Shouted From Rooftops
Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. (Luke 12:2-3)
Being a person with integrity doesn't just mean you're a good person. No, if a person has integrity it means they are integrated - hence the word. Their mind, body, and spirit are intertwined together into a coherent personhood. They know who they are, and they are that person.
This means a person of integrity isn't one person when playing poker with the boys and another at preschool drop off with their daughter. This means what they have to say to you they would say to your face, not to someone else and not to a computer screen. A person of integrity should have relatively consistent behavior and you should know where you stand with them. They are not twenty different people nor are they unsure as to who they are at all, so while they may not be perfect saints they are surely consistent.
Now let's get to us.
We are not perfect people of integrity, but we should strive to be. We all say stuff behind people's backs and act differently in different situations so we can manipulate our environment to our benefit. That's pretty gross, isn't it? Is that just part of being human?
It's part of being fallen sinners, but it isn't part of our design as humans. You see, I believe God designed us with perfect integrity out of the box. I don't think Adam and Eve struggled with this integrity thing prior to the fall - I don't think they even thought about it. But we aren't them, and we struggle with integrity.
How important is integrity? I'll give you three reasons you should pursue integrity:
1. Favor with man. A man or woman of integrity has no secrets and no scandals. We flock to people of integrity because they're like unicorns. We trust people with integrity and we want to give them more responsibility.
2. Favor with God. It's not that having integrity makes God love you more, but when you walk in integrity it tends to mean you're walking in obedience. Obedient children please their parents, and things tend to go better for children when their parents are pleased with them.
3. Peace within. Double-mindedness is tiring. Secrets are like a toothache in your soul. They fester and hurt and you try to ignore them but you cannot. True peace is knowing who you are and who you aren't and then just being who you are. God isn't an accidental creator, nor does he produce defective children. You are the way you are because the One who made you loves you and calls you his workmanship.
The truth of the matter is that our secrets will someday be broadcast from the rooftops. How that happens I am not exactly sure, but God tells us what we do in secret will be brought to the light. That's pretty scary if you ask me.
But our pursuit of integrity should not be fear-based. Of course there is a measure of fear that having a hypocritical or disintegrated identity will be exposed, and that's to be expected. But our integrity isn't generated by fear, it's generated by love. Because God first loved us and redeemed us in his Son, we can know who we are: children of God saved by his grace. That is enough. What people think of you is inconsequential when the God of the universe calls you his child.
So just go be you, everywhere you go.