Which is preeminent- security or righteousness? If we must choose between the two, which will we choose? This is the most basic of moral and ethical questions. Since security is a fear driven concern, it will always work against righteousness, which is defined by love and not fear.
Biblically speaking, fear and love are opposites. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (1 John 4:18). Will we be content to declare our greatness by measuring security or by acting rightly out of love and not fear? Prosperity and security will always be most comfortable, but the Bible measures greatness differently- Righteousness exalteth a nation (Proverbs 14:34).
To be sure, the righteousness to which I refer is not defined by correct religious dogma or proper religious practice. Instead it is defined by those principles which we can all recognize intuitively. The transformative power of love. The need to treat others as we would wish to be treated in all circumstances. The forsaking of the tendency to judge others by our standards without regard for their personal history and circumstances. These elements bridge all cultures and religions making them perfectly aligned with the universal knowledge of God promised in Hebrews 8 and 10- They shall all know me from the least to the greatest.