Personal Integrity

Every January, our church goes through a 21-Day Fast. This year, our church is reading a Psalm every day, asking God to reveal Himself to us and our own need for Him.

Yesterday’s Psalm was 101. As I read, mediated and prayed through it, I was reminded of the importance of personal integrity as an advocate for healthy sexuality and abolitionist against sexual violence.

If you remember from my post earlier this month, fighting against issues like sex trafficking requires speaking up and standing against a culture that promotes the objectifying of others. It’s easy to resist the obvious things like pornography, over sexualized media (liked Fifty Shades of Grey), and degrading jokes.

But there are other, more subtle ways that I can promote the very thing I am against, without even noticing. A TV show I watch, a popular song I am singing in the car, a comment I make to my husband.

If I want to have integrity in my fight for healthy sexuality and against unhealthy sexuality–and I do–I must also recognize the hard battle that’s inside as well as the outside battle.

So this is my prayer. Hopefully, you will consider it too.

Psalm 101

A psalm of David.

I will sing of your love and justice, Lord.
    I will praise you with songs.
I will be careful to live a blameless life—
    when will you come to help me?
I will lead a life of integrity
    in my own home.
I will refuse to look at
    anything vile and vulgar.
I hate all who deal crookedly;
    I will have nothing to do with them.
I will reject perverse ideas
    and stay away from every evil.
I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors.
    I will not endure conceit and pride.

I will search for faithful people
    to be my companions.
Only those who are above reproach
    will be allowed to serve me.
I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house,
    and liars will not stay in my presence.
My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked
    and free the city of the Lord from their grip