By Jerroll Martens, chaplain,
Newton Presbyterian Manor
“Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.” Proverbs 16:8.
In Solomon’s proverbs he uses the word “better” more than 20 times. It is not a matter of having one or the other. A person can have great revenues and be a righteous person with high integrity. His statement hints at what is too often the case; in the pursuit of revenues, it is such a temptation to cut corners. Dishonesty, behind-the-scenes manipulation or nasty treatment of another person may indeed result in success for oneself.
If cutting corners is necessary for success, then before God and men, it is far better to not have those great revenues but have a reputation for honesty, integrity and right living. A raw and perhaps extreme example is that of Pilate who made the decision for Jesus to be crucified. Four times he declared Jesus to be innocent, yet sent him to death in order to keep his position of power and opulent lifestyle. Let’s live the right way and leave the results with God!