The leaders in the Bible

The leaders in the Bible were cut from a different cloth. Even when their visions seemed unrealistic, people followed them because of their integrity and honesty. The Bible is full of examples of individuals who kept their words despite incredible natural and human obstacles, and of leaders who risked loss of power, money, and even their lives to keep their integrity intact. Noah was selected and rewarded for his integrity; Lot was saved from the hellfire and ashes of Sodom and Gomorrah for his honesty.

Moses, who brought God’s warnings against lying, stealing, and cov- eting to his followers in dramatic fashion, was a man of great integrity himself. The Ten Commandments are very explicit: ‘‘Thou shalt not steal.’’ ‘‘Thou shalt not murder.’’ ‘‘Thou shalt not give false testimony against thy neighbor.’’ ‘‘Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s house . . . wife . . . manservant or maidservant . . . or anything belonging to thy neighbor.’’ That’s four commandments out of ten that deal directly with integrity and honesty.