Whistle-blowers, better than Judas
Faster than weeds, whistle-blowers are sprouting all over the place to wash their hands (like Pontius Pilate) in blood. And they are claiming their prizes with the same haste as Judas did when he ran to the high priests.
Conscience is God’s built-in voice in every human being and it directs one to the truth. It is the only thing that can set a person totally free from all sin and guilt. And that freedom from sin and guilt is its own reward because it makes for renewed friendship with God. The motivation should never be money—not to get more of it or to keep part of the loot. Even Judas knew that. In fact, Judas tried to return what he recognized as a bribe.
Judas’ modern-day copycats miss this point. They have been bribed for their culpable cooperation in the plunder of government money. They are not without sin or guilt. Their consciences must be bothering them night and day.
It is not love of country or public service that motivates whistle-blowers to return what they have stolen. It is self-preservation. They should be treated as suspects, not as heroes. They should not be placed on pedestals. They cannot be trusted until they pass the very test that they would like to subject those they are ratting on.
For the whistle-blowers from government, their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth should be a good starting point. Have they been truthful in the past? Are they willing to come clean now? At the end of the gauntlet, they should ask themselves if they are better than Judas.
—BENNY C. GONZALEZ,
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