Socially Acceptable Lesson 5

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Socially Acceptable Lesson 5

Integrity

Integrity is how you behave when no-one is watching. It is finding yourself in a situation where you could cover up the truth, yet choose to do the right thing, thus following ethical and moral principles – in other words, acting honestly. Integrity refers to your character.

Breaking an ornament
Julie is a teenager, baby-sitting for her neighbours’ child. She is watching a music concert on TV while the baby is sleeping. Julie is dancing around to the music, when she knocks over an ornament which falls to the floor and breaks. She feels guilty and is torn between losing her wages to pay for the broken ornament, or throwing it away and saying nothing, hoping they will not notice.

Group discussion
Discuss which R you can identify in this story.

  1. Based on Christian values and Bible verses that you know, what should Julie do?
  2. How will the baby’s parents react to the different choices which Julie could make?
  3. The choices we make affect our future. Would it be wise to make choices of integrity?

The taxi driver
Sipho was a taxi driver. One morning before he left home he had an argu- ment with his wife, so he was in a bad mood. A woman was driving the car in front of him and she was going very slowly. Sipho lost his patience. He hung out of the window and swore and shouted all kinds of insults at women in general. Then without using the indicator, he suddenly accelerated to overtake her and did not see the oncoming bicycle. The taxi hit the cyclist head on, killing him on the spot. In one moment Sipho’s whole life changed because of his impatience. He was going to spend the rest of his life in prison.


Group discussion

  1. Identify the in this story.
  2. Based on Christian values, what should Sipho have done to prevent this accident? Think of respect and responsibility.
  3. What would help Sipho to be patient in the traffic? Should he have considered why the woman was driving so slowly?
  4. Should we allow our circumstances or “mood of the day” (like anger) to determine the choices we make? Why not?
  5. If you are going to make a choice, you might as well make a good one. What are you going to do differently, in a situation you will probably face today?
  6. Read the story about Joseph and Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39:
    • What do you learn about integrity from this story?
    • Both Joseph and Potiphar’s wife made certain choices in the story.

What role did integrity, or the lack of it, play in those choices?

    • What made Joseph a person of integrity?
    • How can you be a person of integrity? How will it influence your choices and your sense of responsibility?






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Integrity

Integrity is how you behave when no-one is watching. It is finding yourself in a situation where you could cover up the truth, yet choose to do the right thing, thus following ethical and moral principles – in other words, acting honestly. Integrity refers to your character.

Breaking an ornament
Julie is a teenager, baby-sitting for her neighbours’ child. She is watching a music concert on TV while the baby is sleeping. Julie is dancing around to the music, when she knocks over an ornament which falls to the floor and breaks. She feels guilty and is torn between losing her wages to pay for the broken ornament, or throwing it away and saying nothing, hoping they will not notice.

Group discussion
Discuss which R you can identify in this story.

  1. Based on Christian values and Bible verses that you know, what should Julie do?
  2. How will the baby’s parents react to the different choices which Julie could make?
  3. The choices we make affect our future. Would it be wise to make choices of integrity?

The taxi driver
Sipho was a taxi driver. One morning before he left home he had an argu- ment with his wife, so he was in a bad mood. A woman was driving the car in front of him and she was going very slowly. Sipho lost his patience. He hung out of the window and swore and shouted all kinds of insults at women in general. Then without using the indicator, he suddenly accelerated to overtake her and did not see the oncoming bicycle. The taxi hit the cyclist head on, killing him on the spot. In one moment Sipho’s whole life changed because of his impatience. He was going to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Group discussion

  1. Identify the in this story.
  2. Based on Christian values, what should Sipho have done to prevent this accident? Think of respect and responsibility.
  3. What would help Sipho to be patient in the traffic? Should he have considered why the woman was driving so slowly?
  4. Should we allow our circumstances or “mood of the day” (like anger) to determine the choices we make? Why not?
  5. If you are going to make a choice, you might as well make a good one. What are you going to do differently, in a situation you will probably face today?
  6. Read the story about Joseph and Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39:
    • What do you learn about integrity from this story?
    • Both Joseph and Potiphar’s wife made certain choices in the story.

What role did integrity, or the lack of it, play in those choices?

    • What made Joseph a person of integrity?
    • How can you be a person of integrity? How will it influence your choices and your sense of responsibility?

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