This is part 2 of an essay entitled: Sailing Toward Holiness and Integrity: (CLICK FOR PART 1)
The way to personal and social holiness is complex. Bishop Lindsay Davis points out four characteristics of clergy that have acted without character in his sermon “The Stone Cold Truth:” there are those that do not appreciate church discipline, those who don’t practice works of piety, there are loners in ministry, and up-and-comers in the church (Davis). In order to put some guideposts on the way to personal and social holiness (goodness and, therefore, integrity), we can pull some key concepts out of Bishop Davis’ sermon. First, we must submit to God—to His standard and His calling on our lives in the context of community. Second, holiness comes from God and our alignment with Him—especially in works of piety. We cannot become good or develop integrity without His power. Third, we must recognize that even alone, we are in community with God at all times and we must ultimately realize His call to ultimate goodness as a standard for our lives. Finally, we must recognize that we are in community with others.