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Integrity vs. Loyalty – Part VI

by on September 9, 2015

Integrity vs. Loyalty – Part VI

Some other ways of expressing this truth
The concepts of integrity vs. loyalty are not the only way to express the foregoing ideas. Here are some other viable options.

1. Principle vs. policy
Principles cover all possibilities. Policies must be carefully written to attempt to cover all possibilities (which is an impossibility). The Bible teaches principles.

“Love God and love your brother” are principles. They cover all possibilities. The way and manner are not spelled out. Love covers the method of relationship.

2. Proscription vs. prescription
To proscribe is to forbid. It does not tell you what to do, only what not to do. It does not attempt to control your every thought and/or behavior. Just what you should not do because it is wrong.
Prescription attempts to control by dictating exactly what to do, wear, go, etc. Details are spelled out. Prescription is limiting and controlling and creates exact behaviors and standards.

“Set no evil thing before your eyes” (Ps.101:3) is a proscription. It does not attempt to describe exactly but simply says what not to do.

3. Liberty vs. Law
Liberty is freedom with responsibility. Law is to list what is forbidden and commanded.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
(II Cor.3:17) ” This gives liberty without listing exact details but with the obvious power of God and the accountability to the Holiness of the Spirit of God.

4. Deontology vs. Teleology
Deontology considers the means. Teleology considers the ends. Considering the ends may cause decisions to be made for the purpose of arriving at particular conclusions.
Deontology, on the other hand, does what is right in every situation and every time and allows the results to be determined by God.

“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18) These men did what was right not knowing the outcome of their decision. They made the right decision and allowed God to determine the outcome.

In any and all cases, the principle is established. There is right and there is wrong. It can be expressed in different ways. Blending these ways together can provide useful information for decision making in many situations. Bible examples are most instructive and form a Biblical manner of dealing with decisions and dilemmas.

Blessings as you make decisions based on eternal principles.
Blessings as you make decisions not based on support of systems.
Blessings as you live a life of absolute integrity – not a hint of sin and/or wrong.

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