As we worked on this series of reports, we were surprised by the similarities in the people who become whistleblowers.
For one, whistleblowers can be deeply religious people, whose faith gives them an identity outside their corporate life.
Tom Cantor, who won $42 million in a whistleblower case against Quest Diagnostics, says he couldn't have done it without his religion. "Five years in a court was a really, really tough time,‚ÄĚ he told me. ‚ÄúI had a bible verse in my hand. I read it every day: 'No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper'."...
Submitting wrote: Not so. If your employer requires you to "blow the whistle" it is on wrong practices,
Submitting (to whom),
Wrong according to whom? It is apparent you either are not listening or you can't hear. Why is that? Possibly an unbalanced understanding of the whole counsel of God. (Charitable construction)
I have been a little vague for obvious reasons, but not unclear. The real issue is that you and I are not understanding the same thing from 1. the situational details and 2. our understanding of doctrine.
I am not encouraging disobedience or non compliance against any lawful authority and if the authority is unlawful, God is not. There are guidelines in God's word to meet every situation. Wonderful Counselor. It was there that I found a clear though costly path. He has kept his word.
jpw - reading psalm 18 this morning the clouds I was meditating on were dark and ominous for the followers of the Lamb. You might like to think on it.
questioning wrote: Question #2 answered would be blowing the whistle on two institutions. Enough said.
Not so. If your employer requires you to "blow the whistle" it is on wrong practices, not the institution. You are being loyal, supportive and faithful to that institution if you obey your employer's requirements.
You are the one that raised Matthew 18. This specific text pertains to internal church relationships not employer/employee relationships. I merely alluded to the fact that your reference would be an irrelevancy unless it was a church situation.
Neil wrote: I consider that Nathan & John the Baptist were whistleblowers. I wish more church members would blow the whistle on power- & Scripture-abusing pastors.
Submitting wrote: Objectively, 1. Reporting the TRUTH is no violation of the ninth commandment against bearing FALSE witness.
The violation must be according to God's law of criminal suspicion other wise to keep the 9th commandment you still need to go through proper channels, a man's name is at stake. That was only one issue there were many and one 'request', worded in serpentine fashion implied that it was what would keep you this job. This was not possible for me and searching the institution on-line was very revealing.
2. As an employee your DUTY is to your employer. If your employer asks you to report violations of company rules that is in no way a violation of Mt 18. Were you employed by a church?
My duty is always first to God as a Christian. Question #2 answered would be blowing the whistle on two institutions. Enough said.
Objectively, 1. Reporting the TRUTH is no violation of the ninth commandment against bearing FALSE witness. 2. As an employee your DUTY is to your employer. If your employer asks you to report violations of company rules that is in no way a violation of Mt 18. Were you employed by a church?
It was in this case and since you do not know what I was asked to sign or why I believe it was sin, that sounds pious, but it is misapplied. I was asked to give my word to do something I could not do in my conscience not yours. It had absolutely no bearing on my to ability to perform my duties in said profession. I later came to understand why my decision was the right one and I came to it after much fear and trembling, prayer and study. My ability to have a roof over my head was at stake. I did right and God has blessed not with a roof of equal proportion but better with understanding of the Word. The grace is His, the glory is His, I am weak.
It depends on what you're expected to blow the whistle about; if it's bribery, embezzlement, libel/slander, sexual misconduct, breaking of civil oaths (like breach of contract), or some other deviation from Biblical ethics, I don't see a problem with it.
I consider that Nathan & John the Baptist were whistleblowers. I wish more church members would blow the whistle on power- & Scripture-abusing pastors.
questioning wrote: I lost a job after one week for refusing to be a whistle blower when I wouldn't sign the employee agreement that required it. The requirement was contrary to Matthew 18 for believers and the 9th commandment for all men.
jpw but those who do not look back from the plough share will share in the eternal banquet laid by the Lamb who was slain...
Thanks jpw for the reminder. It made me go back to a commentary that I'd read that addressed 'looking back'. It was on the gospel accounts in Matt.8 & Luke 9. David Brown in exposition called this section 'Incidents Illustrative of Discipleship'. Luke gave 3 examples and of what you quote here Brown called the Irresolute or Wavering Disciple. He said in this case the discipleship was not yet thorough, his separation from the world not yet entire, it was not a case of going back but looking back or like Lot's wife not willing to break with it. The Lord's example he said was vivid. Ploughing requires an eye intent on the furrow to be made and it is marred the instant one turns back.
You're right we cannot have a divided heart. Brown thought it was specific to ministers but also had a general application. Lord grant us a such men as examples to the flock.
"I am the way the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except by me."
And Christ brought light to the darkness. If you are the light of the world why would you hide it under a bushel? You are the salt of the earth. Would you lose your saltiness to gain the who world?
Who has the courage to speak the truth in an age of deceit? Wurmbrand was the only pastor who stood up and spoke for the name of Christ when the Russians took over the Romanian church. The only pastor.
Most seed will fall to the wayside, I guess. I wish it wasn't so. The others remained silent and complied with the apostasy without seeming concern? Who, but those who do not look back from the plough share will share in the eternal banquet laid by the Lamb who was slain by the world for bringing the truth?
FYI wrote: It could just as equally be inferred in opposition that it is whistle-blowing that induces religious delusions that you are the Messiah:-
Well, that would depend on the individual, church or civil servant whistle-blower. Anyone that understands that there is only one God and one promised Messiah that has already come in the person of Jesus Christ are aware of their need for Him, (their inadequacy) as He alone was able to keep the law perfectly. That was the requirement according to Paul, in Romans a God-righteousness which no man can keep except through faith in Christ. When that is true faith there is the resulting sanctification, that is only perfected in glory. These and these only will be kept from the strong delusion as the Scripture promises. I believe this.
It could just as equally be inferred in opposition that it is whistle-blowing that induces religious delusions that you are the Messiah:- "David Michael Shayler -- ‚ÄėSheylr‚Äô in Hebrew ... was anointed Messiah on 2 July 2007 and proclaimed on 07.07.07, in line with ancient prophecies."
This article is misleading, it implies that all religious people with the ability to separate from the community of the business world because they have another culture that meets their needs, find their whistle blowing a conscientious deed, makes them a better employee, as they see it, and is obviously lucrative in court. There is a familiar theme here. No?
I lost a job after one week for refusing to be a whistle blower when I wouldn't sign the employee agreement that required it. The requirement was contrary to Matthew 18 for believers and the 9th commandment for all men.
I'd like to blow the whistle on this business that used Christians for their political agenda, it was immoral.