Proverbs 4:14-15 (NLT)
14 Don�t do as the wicked do, and don�t follow the path of evildoers. 15 Don�t even think about it; don�t go that way. Turn away and keep moving.
King Solomon gives instruction to his son about wisdom and making wise choices. He tells his son not to follow in the way of those who are wicked and perform evil acts. Instead the thoughts should be put out of his mind and he should continue past them never looking back or thinking about following in their footsteps.
During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Selena Roberts wrote in the New York Times of a heated controversy that threatened the integrity of the games:
About 10 yards past a security checkpoint along the path of a cinder-block hall inside the Salt Lake Ice Center, a panel of nine judges filtered into a room for a standard post-competition meeting last Tuesday morning. Twelve hours removed from the controversial moment when gold medallions were draped over Russia�s Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze instead of Canada�s Jamie Sal� and David Pelletier, the judges assembled for a review of the decision under Ron Pfenning, the head referee.
At first, it was business as usual as the judges sat around a table, pouring over marks for several skaters, according to two high-ranking figure skating officials who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity. Then the meeting took a bizarre turn. Pfenning, known as a gentle and meticulous caretaker of skating, handed each judge a piece of paper with a passage about honesty and integrity, officials said. As each person passed back the pieces of paper, the judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne began to sob, officials said.
�It was a rambling avalanche of words,� Pfenning said when reached by telephone. �I hadn�t asked her a question. She had been teary-eyed through a lot of the meeting. It was an outburst: �You don�t understand. You don�t understand. We�re under an awful lot of pressure. My federations, my president Didier, I had to put the Russians first.� Didier Gailhaguet is the president of the French Figure Skating Federation. Pfenning said that when Le Gougne called out Gailhaguet�s name, he knew he had to report the incident to the International Skating Union. �I never gave it a second thought,� Pfenning said.
For several minutes, the wail from Le Gougne grew so loud, one official said, that a person in the room stripped tape over the crack in the door in an apparent soundproofing effort. The two high-ranking skating officials said no one embraced Le Gougne, the stylish 40-year-old Frenchwoman, as she cried out. Many of the judges, officials said, saw her as a pathetic figure. They already knew why Le Gougne was distraught, they said: her conscience had caught up to her.
What do we do when our conscience catches up with us? How does a commitment to Integrity of heart and life save us from disastrous relationship crises? [Selena Roberts, "Early Tears: Sign of Scandal to Come," New York Times online (2-17-02)]