Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 3/2/2018

Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes - 3/2/2018

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

                                                                                                                           Proverbs 11:3

We’re living in strange times.  Just seems to me that we’re living in strange times.  A 24/7 news-cycle offers up-to-the-minute reporting on significant events.  Technology connects us in ways we never thought possible.  An “on-line” life-style literally places the world at our finger tips, and yet, in spite of these apparent advances, moments of satisfaction and peace are fleeting and illusive.   Why?  Allow me to hazard an opinion.  Fake news and alternative facts lead us down a path of confusion and uncertainty.  Institutions that once served as the underpinning of society have fallen prey to a climate of scandal and corruption – a “new normal.”    We are suffering from an “integrity crisis.”  The question that begs asking:  “What effect does this masquerade have on the individual – on you and me?”  In my opinion, that’s up to the individual.  Each person makes a choice – a choice that will affect the perceptions and opinions of others.  Are you the same person in public that you are when “the door is closed”?  It’s an “Integrity Issue.”    Apart from integrity our world crumbles from the inside out.  Jesus said simply:” Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.”

Consider the following story take from Today In The Word:  “It is said that as the great Michelangelo painted the magnificent frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel–lying on his back for endless hours to finish every detail with great care–a friend asked him why he took such pains with figures that would be viewed from a considerable distance. “After all,” the friend said, “Who will notice whether it is perfect or not?” “I will,” replied the artist.”