Honesty, diligence, respect, kindness, self-control, humility, dependability, consistency, responsibility, and compassion are just some of characteristics of the integrity we desire from our students. Dictionary.com defines integrity as “the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished” or “perfect condition.” As Christians, we know this is the process of sanctification—growing to become like Christ. Each one of these characteristics is rooted in the principles of the Bible. Each is a reflection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool” (Proverbs 19:1).
Integrity is desired for each student at BJA. Therefore, we teach it, we pattern it, we expect it. Integrity is taught in chapel and in Bible classes and in every subject through a biblical worldview. It extends into the hallways and on to the ballfields in one’s attitudes, words, and actions. Our teachers serve as role models in these areas—mature believers who daily demonstrate how to live a life that honors the Lord. As need be, we seek to correct and redirect misguided behavior that focuses on self rather than on God and others.
We want our students to recognize that God blesses those who practice integrity in their lives. “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out” (Proverbs 10:9 ESV). And “the just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:7).
Neither our students nor our teachers are perfect, but our prayer is that each day we are striving to know Christ better and to become a little more like Him. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Bob Jones Academy exists to assist like-minded Christian parents in challenging students to love Jesus Christ, to embrace God’s truth, to exercise integrity, to pursue excellence, and to serve others.