Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesdays!
Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: Aware of Corruption
“A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil”-Proverbs 19:28
Principle: Evidence of Corruption
Last weekend, I was part of an excellent conference entitled “Let Justice Roll” hosted by a recently formed entity called the Teleios Society. The central theme of the event was grasping a biblical view of justice. The event organizers must be commended for the content, execution and timing of the seminar.
In my post last month on justice, I encouraged all of us to be aware of the presence of injustice in and around us. It rears its ugly head in multiple forms, including not only the words that we speak but also the attitude behind our speech.
The above-quoted Proverb says that a corrupt witness mocks at justice. Witnesses are critical to legal cases and the strength or weakness of their testimony can literally be a matter of life and death. Yet, the person who is callous about justice does not care about the integrity behind what they say and, subsequently, do.
Many of us have been alive long enough to have seen wrongdoing one way or another because of lies, deceit, corruption and inaction. The victims have been many: ethnic minorities, women, orphans, para-athletes, immigrants and the homeless. Often, a mockery has been made of their lives and many of them have no voice.
Will you become an advocate for the disenfranchised? Be inspired by the 90-year old Fred Gray, a speaker at the Teleios conference and the lawyer for both Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. His brilliant life as a lawyer and preacher was motivated, inter alia, by the boldness of the teenaged Claudette Colvin who stood up against injustice back in 1955.
One act of courage can start a movement.
Practical: Defeating Corruption
Honest evaluation and candid speech, both in public and in private, are usually the catalyst for the slow but steady eradication of injustice. Play your part.
If you were inspired by this blog, please consider sharing it with one other person today. To learn more about these and other related themes that promote the cultivation of an integrated inner self, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.