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Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:10-12)
Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5: 8-11)
1. Into Integrity Update
The 6th of December 2020 marks the one year anniverary of Part Two of the Into Integrity FAST. We continue the FAST call for the assistance and integrity of specific Christian organizations, leaders, and people affected by the international NCI fraud: verifiably disclose via internal and independent reviews, make right the wrongful dismissals, and do what is “good, right, and true before the Lord your God’ (2 Chronicles 31:20).
--Have a listen to our podcast: Awaken the Good—Heal the Body: A Personal Exhortation for Specific Leaders (20 December 2019). We continue the ongoing efforts to call for and pray for repentance and healing in the international Church Mission Community.
--Have a listen to our podcast: Confronting Corruption in Our Midst: Principles for Courage, Integrity and Action (12 December 2019). It is a reflection of this Updates message to "go boldly into the darkness as we live in integrity and unite for integrity."
- Deny. Conceal DD. ‘Don’t ask about problems (even obvious ones), don’t tell about problems, and don’t rock the boat’ is a pervasive, core, unwritten rule.
- Downplay. Minimize DD’s negative impact. State that it is probably ‘normal’. Relational unity and conformity trump truth and genuine relationships.
- Distract. Distract from the real DD issues. ‘Feign pain’ and get sympathy; or admit that something is ‘not exactly right’ and refer to problems as being largely a matter of having different perspectives/preferences–a need to agree to disagree.
- Discredit. Belittle those who point out or inquire about DD. Silence them. Instill an atmosphere of fear of reprisals and intimidation to prevent people from speaking up or calling for good practice.
- Destroy. Demolish people’s reputations, contributions, relationships, and wellbeing. Use half-truths, spin, lies, rumors, threats, false accusations, and dismissals. Reap the benefits of control, position, respect, status quo, and revenue streams.
See also: Ten Resources for Integrity and Anti-Corruption (2010-2020). This short article presents core examples of the Lausanne Movement’s historical efforts in advocating for integrity and supporting collaborative efforts to promote moral resilience and relevance within the international Church Mission Community. The 10 resources (articles and videos) can be stimulating tools for group discussions and applications as we endeavor to "go boldly into the darkness."
and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other,
and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord…
Therefore love truth and peace.” Zechariah 8:16,19
Go Boldly into the Darkness
Going further--See also:
--links for comments by colleagues expressing their strong support for the specific calls to people and organizations for integrity, disclosures, and confronting wrongful dismissals;
--links for the Into Integrity podcasts and blogposts: seven by Kelly (Part One, June 2019) and seven by Michèle and Kelly (Part Two, December 2019);
--links to the latest PETRA People weblog focusing on a) new rsources for integrity and anti-corrption and b) continuing the call for assistance by specific leaders, organizations and others affected by the international NCI fraud: the Professional Review, the Healing the Body summary-summons, and the Integrity Petition.