Whistle Blower

Isn’t it a tragedy that our society has become so defunct of faith in God, that money and power is all that counts? As I read the whistleblower articles and listened to the discussion about Ken Lay in the Enron scandal, I kept thinking, Who said Christianity and living like Christ is supposed to be easy? When confronted in Jerusalem, Jesus did not try to back pedal in an effort to appease the authorities in order to save himself–or try to hide out in his cushy office and look the other way. As Christians, we should follow His lead, and know from the get go that it probably will be risky and we may suffer because of it. But, who are we trying to please? Are we trying to please man, or God? For if we were trying to please man, we should not be a servant of Christ (Gal 1:10).
When given a chance, though, is it always good to tell the truth? The answer seems to be a definite maybe. One might say, for the most part, it is a good idea for a Christian to tell the truth, after all, God mandates that thou shalt not bear false witness. However, what about the Christians who hid the Jews in Germany? Are they condemned to hell for lying to the Nazi’s? In life, every now and then, what we think of as a lie, is actually obeying. After all, Rahab told such a lie to protect the Israelite spies–and she was the only one to survive. The reality is our world is broken and ethical dilemmas are inevitable. During these times, we need to know God well enough to know when He calls us to obey Him.
With controversy surrounding whistle blowing, does an employee who points out an unethical situation failing to honor the role of “team player”? Again, the definite answer is a resounding, maybe. Unfortunately, when somebody feels strongly enough to point out such an event, they may have to set priorities, and even be willing to step away from the team. In the Enron case, I liked how Sharon individually approached Ken Lay. That shows Sharon willing to follow the Matthew 18 dynamics, and in God’s eyes, she did the right thing.
I am very moralistic, and if I saw where people could get hurt by somebody’s unethical principles, I would probably confront and if action is not taken, I might blow the whistle, and as a result, I may face consequences. But–I care what God thinks of me more than I care what people think of me. For years and years, I did whatever I had to please. I never said anything that would be controversial and I let a lot slide. After I saw how damaging that is to my self-worth and my relationship with the Lord, and saw that behavior comes with more consequences, I’m not so ready to appease those who I think are wrong.
~Lynda Cooke