Work With Conviction
The tongue-in-cheek headline from the Chicago Tribune reads "Spoken with Conviction." The editorial gives a list of colorful quotes by city aldermen later convicted of crimes. On the subject of corrupt public officials, one alderman observed cynically, "Pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered."
Also quoted was a city judge, who made this unwitting comment into a microphone planted in his desk: "I like people who take dough. You always know where they stand." He's no longer a judge.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. We can joke about corruption, but the consequences of deceit are deeply unfunny. Authority is sacred, a trust. Leaders are, after all, servants . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, "...I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent." (1 Chron. 29:10, 17)