“Lord! Help! Godly men are fast disappearing. Where in all the world can dependable men be found? Everyone deceives and flatters and lies. There is no sincerity left.” Psalm 12:1-2
Godly men are fast disappearing because vileness is exalted almost in every place, culture and society.
What’s fast disappearing?
Godly men along with what we used to say are our values and principles; i.e., godliness, faithfulness, patience, kindness, charity, faith, etc.
What, then, are the key principles that set apart believers on Christian values? Though we could name many, there are three biblical principles that stand out that define godly men worthy of that title.
The first is integrity
Integrity is about Christ-centered living. It is about doing what is right rather than what is expedient. A believer with integrity will make life decisions based on the standards and principles of God – righteousness, truth and honesty. That is, there is congruency between what the is verbalised and what is practiced. No one can point a finger at such a person and justifiably cry out, “Hypocrite!”
Secondly, is a commitment to excellence
Paul said, “This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone” (Titus 3:8). If an believer is to be recognized as an exemplary, one whose goal is to glorify God through his commitment to excellence in his service, he must always honor God and be thoroughly cognizant of his role and mission in a pagan world. Such a person never forgets that God has called him to be His witness to the lost world in which he lives.
When believers commit themselves to the pursuit of excellence, they exalt the Word of God.
Finally, a Christian believer should have a commitment others. This includes the area of fair compensation, performance recognition, and providing growth opportunities. Believers who recognise the needs of other people and create opportunities for them to fulfill those needs are able to bring out the very best in them. The apostle Paul indirectly addressed relationships between employers and employees. To those who work for someone else, Paul gave this command: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:22-24).
Then to employers, Paul commanded, “Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven” (Colossians 4:1). Paul gave this command to employers because, just as their employees report to them, they themselves have someone to report to—their Master in heaven.
In all things, Christ should be our, because He was known to be a man of integrity, even among His enemies (Matthew 22:16).
Vileness is extreme unpleasantness; flattering lips, pride, bad temper and oppressive dictatorship.
“The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord ; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord , thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalm 12:3-7