Because of this, no person is worthless, regardless of class, color, or capacity. Whether newborn or preborn, bedridden or on their deathbed, every person is valuable in the eyes of God. Every person has been given dignity by God Himself. However, understanding human dignity is more than simply an intellectual exercise. Rather, it ought to influence how we see others around us as well as how we live in the world.
There is a word for being true to your own moral principles—it’s integrity. However, for the Christian believer, it goes beyond personal convictions. It is an issue of bearing witness to the truth of the Word of God. This is often referred to as maintaining a biblical worldview. Living with integrity means that you live your life with a clear conscience according to revealed biblical truth. Put simply, it means living as Christians before a watching world. How do we see this played out?
On a most basic level, having integrity means that we keep our Christian testimonies. While our personal testimony is not the gospel itself, it reflects the transforming power of the gospel that saved us. If we believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross to pay for our sins, and that we have been born again to a living hope (1 Peter 1:3), then we must live in light of that truth. Before leaving earth, the Lord Jesus told His disciples, “You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). In obedience to this, we testify to the power of the gospel to transform us and to conform us to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29; 12:1–2).
Another way we maintain integrity is by living above reproach before other people. We remember the words of Jesus: “Let your light shine before other, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). In keeping with this, we strive to live an upstanding life before others. We tell the truth. We keep our word. We do not act as hypocrites. We carry ourselves in a way that bears witness to who we are in Christ.
One final way we can have integrity is by exerting our Christian influence in society. To be clear, our Christian mission is not to “Christianize” the world but to proclaim Christ and live in obedience to Him. But because we love righteousness and value justice, we are to use our voices, our votes, our resources, and our influence to stand for what’s right. With regard to our battlefront, Paul noted in 2 Corinthians 10:4–5 that “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh” but are for the destruction of “arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God.” We war against evil ideologies, worldly philosophies, and doctrines of demons. Our weapon is divine truth. In the end, what we do before a watching world is important, but it is secondary. What should ultimately drive us to maintain our Christian convictions with a clear conscience is that, as the Reformers affirmed, we live coram Deo—before God who sees all.