There is something to be said for consistency. As people, we used to think that having good character was a respectable thing. With our new entertainment and our political trends as of late, we have proven that character is not truly important to us. We praise our actors for pretending and we are quick to jump behind politicians who are good at being one person on stage and being another in private. Inconsistent character seems to be a huge exclamation mark on untrustworthiness, but we don’t care about character.

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“Massage pad for office chair,” is what the product description claimed. I got excited and ordered this product for the very low price of $20 and because I had a special membership to this online retailer, I expected it to arrive in two days.

I waited and waited and my product never came in. I waited for one, two, three weeks and finally called the retailer only to discover that my product had not been shipped. They apologized and sent the product. Two days later, I received something at my front door. This something, though, was not what I expected. I extended the pocket knife that I keep and opened the brown, cardboard, lifeless box. Inside was a brighter, vibrant package, white and blue, with a great-looking picture of the massage pad. My eyes widened as I rushed to open that box and the product looked so good! It felt like it would be so soft and I could feel the points of rotation inside that would soon press against my back and work out the knots and the kinks as I sit at my desk to sleep; I mean play Civilization; I mean be very productive and get things done.

I strapped the device onto my chair, plugged it into the wall and turned it on. To my surprise, it was also a heated seat cushion. I turned on the heat and the massage and sat back to enjoy my new accessory. I felt the heat. That part was nice, but the massage was just a slight vibration. I COULD LEAN AGAINST THE DRYER FOR THIS! The product was not what I expected. Its description was vague and it claimed to be something that it wasn’t.

A person is a lot like a product. Those with good character benefit others while those without good character will make others feel good with their words and then fail to deliver. When we claim to be something that we are not, people are more likely to be dissatisfied with us. When we are one person at home and another in front of people, we claim to be something that we are not. I will always be skeptical of someone who is one person in public and another in his closet. If we cannot be honest about ourselves, what can we be honest about? We should ask ourselves before we vote: does this person have good character, or is he filled with empty words that don’t reflect who he is as a person?

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 HCSB)

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. (2 Peter 1:5-7 HCSB)

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