“Integrity is found where men and women live their lives in a pattern of consistency. It is a pattern that functions the same basic way in church and out of church. It is a life that is open before God. It is a life in which all that is done is done as to the Lord. It is a life lived by principle, not expediency; by humility before God, not defiance. It is a life lived under the tutelage of conscience that is held captive by the Word of God.” -R.C. Sproul
Dr. Sproul has often used the Latin expression Coram Deo (before the face of God) in his sermons and writing to bring home the point that all of our existence take place before an audience of One, the sovereign God of the universe. Sproul writes, “This phrase literally refers to something that takes place in the presence of, or before the face of, God. To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.” Over 500 years ago, Martin Luther also used this phrase to encourage the saints to to live in a way that honors Christ.
As Christian leaders, let us resolve to “lead” Coram Deo or before the face of God by living out his calling for our lives with integrity, consistency, humility, and with an unviolated conscience. Corum Deo leadership shows followers or onlookers that we love our Lord and seek to remain faithful to His Word. Coram Deo Leadership is, therefore, Servant Leadership as we put others before ourselves that “…they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:16).
-Soli Deo Gloria