Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Thirty pieces of Silver

30 pieces of silver: Does your integrity have a price? | Yes, We Rise

Matthew 26:15 Judas asks- “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him (Jesus) over to you” So they counted him thirty pieces of silver. (New International Version)

Throughout my life, I have been the reminded the importance of integrity. There have been times where I have given up a sure thing because the timing, circumstances or vibes didn’t feel right. I remember the first time that I really understood that scripture; that there are people that are driven to do things fueled by their own self-interests. They don’t see or care about the long term results of the actions that are taken.

I think that we all have been in that situation usually on a very small scale, whether it be telling a lie or taking something small (candy, change or a toy). This usually happens in the crucible of your home and the judges are your family. The long term effect usually includes a punishment of sorts (a weekend at 9 seems like forever). As I’ve gotten older, I realize that the effects of those that seek to serve themselves first tend to have an overwhelmingly negative impact on society.

When people become envious, jealous or driven, due to or in response to others successes, there is a thin line that mustn’t be crossed; the point where you are willing to take the thirty pieces of silver. It may not be monetary but it is nevertheless a life-altering moment. People will make promises and offer you things that you would otherwise never consider taking or becoming involved in. You think that you can justify your choices by believing the ends justify the means.

While the choice made may be legal, is it ethical? Will I be true to myself? 

Many of those placed in leadership positions seem to be lacking this very important part of their character makeup. Our culture seems to be drawn to those that are mavericks, individuals and rule breakers. Depending on their position and background they are made into heroes, folk legends or myths. In reality, they are the most dangerous type of person because the very things that drive them tends to negatively impact those that are unfortunate enough to share the space that they are occupying at that time. An infamous example is the rise of Nazi Germany. People were “influenced by the illusion of power” and they gave tacit approval to one of the greatest crimes in history.

We must choose wisely. 

As Lord Acton so eloquently stated, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Many that are given power, tend to lose their moral compass. While some, seemingly, never had any. We need to remember that all promises aren’t worth it.

Are you willing to take the thirty pieces of Silver and the disappointment that inevitability comes after? Please take time to think about some “easy” choices that aren’t so easy when viewed in retrospect.

Further reading:

Forbes: Money vs. Happiness: Which wins?
Forbes: Ethics in leadership - 8 rules to protect corporate power

**Dr. Headley White**

1 comment:

  1. I've been thinking about descriptions we are drawn to like "unapologetic" and "self posessed" which seem to seduce one in to becoming some sort of outlaw. I like your description of a maverick and the dangers threatening such a person's integrity.....great reflection piece.