Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Do you ever wish you could have done something differently after you are painfully experiencing the outcome? It's not that you would have done something differently. It just that you wish you could have. Make sense?
Let me give you an example: Suppose you are at work and your boss tells you to "fake the numbers". Maybe your boss is a believer, just like you. Maybe your boss even led you to Christ. If you fake the numbers, it means a big bonus for you. It is very unlikely your creative accounting will ever be discovered and the bonus is just enough cash for the mission trip you want to go on.
On the flip side if you don't fake the numbers, it is likely you will lose your job as the economy has taken a turn for the worse. Your territory has not been meeting corporate expectations. You have already been warned. Your family is being threatened by the possible job loss. There is but one way out. You must fake it! Right?
I hope and pray when you became a believer, no one told you it was going to be easy. As a matter of fact, if you are following God you need to expect trouble. There is no avoiding it. You do not belong to this world and you can not avoid conflict. Suffering and conflict are bedfellows. You need to embrace them both.
I hope I communicated this message: You do not choose conflict. Conflict chooses you out of an obedient walk. It is not that you want to be troublesome, it is that you can not avoid being troublesome. missio dei
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You brought up a valid point and it has happened to me in the past. By complying with the employer’s wishes, it usually backfired.
Best to say no to a lie and walk away, even if it means your job.
Yet there are times in life, when a lie needs to be told, such as when people protected Jews and others in the Second World war and the Gestapo came around, “Do you know where any Jews may be hiding?”
Saying no and them discovering that the truth was “yes” could cost you your life. Some people lied.
It depends on the situation, doesn’t it?
As far as “faking the numbers” is concerned, we see what happened in the world after Wall Street number faking fiasco.
It is still occurring. People are still paying the price.
There appears to be a problem with truth in the world, doesn’t there?
Hi Ich. It’s been a while. Glad to hear from you. I’ve been a bit distracted and recently have been doing some reading with those old things called books. Books may be on a comeback. ha!
You sum it up well with the thought, “It depends on the situation, doesn’t it?” But fortunately for the believer, situational ethics does not influence choice. It certainly influences the outcome. Possibly life and death impact, but not the choice.
Those that make choices based on supposed predictable good outcome and their own interpretation of truth, set themselves up as gods. It’s not a bad gig if you can get it. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for me, truth wins out in the long run regardless of life or death consequences.
I really believe this. Truth is the only reasonable choice regardless of circumstance…