It is more rational, just, and patriotic to leave a party to stick to principle than it is to leave your principles to stick to the party. (S. H. Bashor, late church leader)

In an election year, Bashor’s comment is most appropriate. Loyalty to one’s party, as to other associations, is commendable, but principle is vital. Integrity requires adherence to higher standards of truth and character rather than personal loyalties. It’s difficult to break rank with long-time associations, but loyalty to truth and principle is essential to maintain one’s integrity.

What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. (Galatians 6:15-16).