A Call to Integrity
- Every citizen of UN-affiliated countries
The late evangelist Billy Graham said, “When we speak of integrity as a moral value, it means that a person is the same on the outside as he is inside. There is no discrepancy between what he says and what he acts, between his talk and his walk.”
Indeed, the benefits of progress and development are undermined by corruption and unethical decision-making. There are people in all sectors of society who act corruptly: in government, corporations, academic institutions, and sadly, even in religious institutions. Inequality, hidden wealth, loss of public trust, immoral acts, and criminal behavior are serious results of people acting dishonestly.
While there are some who tolerate corruption as a necessary evil, there is a growing consciousness of the systemic social and ethical ills all around us. Cultures of transparency are being encouraged. Anti-corruption strategies are being developed. Dialogue in corruption-prone areas is being promoted. Many find inspiration in the example of David, one of the kings of ancient Israel, who despite being imperfect just as we all are, shepherded his people “according to the integrity of his heart and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands” (Psalms 78:72 NKJV).
Believing that developing a person’s character is necessary to help facilitate a global movement of integrity and anti-corruption, we—followers of Jesus Christ, members of civil society and of all faith communities—publicly commit to and call on the whole world to pursue the “Imprint of a Person with Integrity”:
- Moral in character
- Ethical in action
- Truthful in dealings
- Accountable at all times
The A Call to Integrity petition to Every citizen of UN-affiliated countries was written by Lausanne-World Evangelical Alliance Integrity and Anti-Corruption Network and is in the category Forums at GoPetition.