Monday, April 07, 2008

Integrity and Getting Ahead

On Friday I talked about integrity in leadership and referenced an article I had just read. Well, I failed to mention something very interesting. The article also had this to say:

For twenty years, Chinese researchers sought to understand why the United States was the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world. They analyzed all aspects of the United States, including its political, economic, monetary, and social systems. The researchers concluded that the United States was the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world because of its Christian values. (See Gleanings from April 2007;

As stunning as this conclusion is, it is even more impressive when you realize that the conclusion was reached by atheists.

Is that cool or what? Sometimes it is hard to act with integrity, especially when you see others without it getting ahead. It's very nice to actually see something like this which proves what we know deep down, that the true way to get ahead is by acting with integrity and other Christian values.


Rick said...

Perhaps that is one of the reasons why the U.S. has been faltering in the world economy in the last decade or two... our general getting away from Christian values and ethics as a nation and lack of integrity, among a plethora of other things.

Jim Lange said...

I agree. Look at our schools, our government, etc... Political correctness is a killer which takes us further and further away from the Christian principles our founding fathers started this country with!

Anonymous said...

I guess it depends on the definition of "getting ahead". If you look at current trends in Christianity, it is growing much faster in China than in the US. I guess we should be careful what we ask for!


Jim Lange said...

Good point Rod!