Scamming Convo

Do you scam convo?

Would you? Would you allow a friend to?

Do you consider that wrong?

Do you consider it cheating???

Do you know that because it’s considered a graduation requirement, if you’re caught trying to scam convo (and by scam I simply mean trying to get credit for a program that you did not attend — in part or in whole), that you could be sent before the student conduct board?

Does that seem fair? Right?

I had the opportunity to play more of a “behind the scenes” role in chapel today — something that doesn’t happen very often.

Without going into the assorted details of my history with required chapel/convocations programs and cheaters — yes, I said cheaters — I will say that I’ve seen a lot over the course of the past 16 years (spanning 4 different campuses).

And I had the unfortunate experience of interacting with 3 different individuals today who were trying to get something for nothing — get credit for something they had not attended.

I hoped they wouldn’t get in line — but they did.

I hoped they would see me looking at them — and remember me catching their eye when they walked in 20 minutes late — and proceed to get out of line. But they didn’t.

So I got to ask them to step out of line, and then ask them about why they were doing what they were doing — cheating — or at least trying to.

In each instance I could sense them trying to quickly assess whether or not to push me on it — or maybe (and this is what I hope was happening), it was them trying to assess whether or not they wanted to continue to spin a lie that they had already been caught in.

Have you been there? Do you know what I’m talking about??

This conversation is bigger than convo.

It’s about being people of integrity and living a more faithful example of what it means to follow Jesus.

Can you remember a time when you compromised? When you were less than truthful?

How did that feel?

How did you recover?

In this morning’s story, one person swallowed their pride and walked off (a little huffy), but without argument.

The other two attempted to plea their case — insisting that they were seniors in desperate need of CFD credit — and that I should let them get scanned.

And sadly, I’m not sure that any of them — at least in that moment — saw the bigger question before them.

My question to you is simple: What does it mean to be a person of integrity — and does that matter to you?

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