Well, I wouldn’t back away from what’s right just because it’s hard. My father used to say: plant your feet and stand firm. The only question is where to put your feet. This was a line spoken by President Vampire Killer Wife Character Mary Lincoln. I like it.
I believe this. I try to live this, make decisions based on it. God has been saying this to me over and over and over and…. Ever read Esther? Esther 4:16 I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Our media and government is for and against, mostly against Edward Snowden THE whistleblower.Ed ward revealed what he sees as a wrong against the citizens of the United States. The government and much of the media that feeds us says he has jeopardized all of our ‘safety’, because now the ‘enemy’ can know how we watch them and protect ourselves from them. I am not sure that is true. I think the government is like the bully, or the middle child, they get caught with their hand in the cookie jar and then have to point the finger at everyone else and their wrong, to take the attention off of themselves. Edward took action, he stepped up, he sacrificed his comfort for what he believes is important. He said “you can’t wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act.”
Abusers intimidate their victims with threats to cause harm to them, or their family members, then and they will play on the sympathy they will tell the victim of the harm to the abuser the victim will be responsible for, if they tell. Not the same thing? I think it is.
Why did Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight stay in captivity, for 10 years? What brought Amanda to the point of finally sticking her hand out of the door? She still feared. I suppose, she finally came to the point of being more afraid of never being free.
People doing wrong, manipulating and scheming,to get what they want, will not take the blame for their wrong. They do wrong and lie to EVERYONE to do what they want to do. I think they believe their own lies.
Intimidation. Coercion. Bullying. It exists because somewhere somehow ‘we’ have stepped down. We don’t stand up. We give in to be socially, politically correct. Why? Because we fear. We fear rejection, losing our jobs, losing our status. We fear physical harm. We fear retaliation. We fear we may be wrong, standing for the ‘wrong’ thing. We fear we will be alone.
We hear of bullying in the schools, which is intimidation, which is coercion. It is NOT just in school it happens EVERYWHERE. The government. The school. The home. The workplace. The church. In all relationships, parent vs. child, husband vs. wife, employee vs. employer, doctor vs. patient, student vs. teacher, pastor/elder vs. parishioner, man vs. animal, buyer vs. seller, gluten free vs gluten full, government vs. We the People. Liberal vs Conservative. …. All of this VS goes visa versa.
Because we want to not make waves. Because we don’t want to be accused of being tattle tales. Because we want the other guy to do it. Because we don’t want to lose a friend. Because we don’t want to expose and hurt others wrongs. Because ‘they‘ may not believe us and believe the ‘lie‘ instead. We compromise.
com·pro·mise [noun1.a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
2the result of such a settlement.
3.something intermediate between different things: The split-level is a compromise between a ranch house and a multistoried house.
4.an endangering, especially of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.: a compromise of one’s integrity.
verb (used with object)
5.o settle by a compromise.
6.to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize: a military oversight that compromised the nation’s defenses.
Ironically Snowden compromised #6 by #6 compromising the government by not compromising his values. He also compromised #6 himself, by not compromising his values.
The difference between a ‘good’ compromise and a bad compromise is the difference between ‘1’ and ‘5’. Good compromise: Keith and I with cats; He does not like them at all, especially in the house. I love them and want them to sleep with me. Compromise: They live outside, get to come into garage for overnights if weather is horrible, and visit me in house if Keith not home. I have to deal with Keith throwing them out if he comes home early ;). Bad compromise: doing ANYTHING because you FEAR losing ANYTHING. Not DOING the right..
We concede when we let the doctor intimidate us with his ‘knowledge’ and order test after test and pill after pill for an illness caused by wheat. We compromise. We cover the the evil. when we don’t expose the liar. We compromise. We give in by not doing our work, our calling, our best because those ‘above’ are conspiring wrong. We back down when we ignore the wrongs, the broken law, the immorality. We surrender to fear, when we let evil continue. We compromise
On ’41’ George HW Bush said the true wrong of Nixon was not the listening in of the Democratic campaign,everyone finds out things about others in politics. It was the cover up, the lie’s created in order to not be caught.
The insider trading Martha Stewart was ‘caught’ doing, was actually her just knowing of a deal before it happened, through an acquaintance, and acting on it. It was the attempt to cover up the lie of why she did what she did that was the problem. She conspired, or compromised to cover herself.
A doctor not knowing everything about gluten intolerance is not a problem. A doctor, because he is the one with with the ‘education’ ignoring the facts, the elimination of symptoms with wheat removal, the patient’s input, knowledge,is the problem. A doctor compromises his oath of ‘first do no harm’ when he gives into the pride of the degree and the kickbacks of the pharmacuticals.
The government intelligence having ‘spy’ techniques is not the problem. It is them using the techniques on citizens of America, to find out what ever they want is the problem. The government using it’s power to intimidate to cause fear of the free people, to cover their sins, to keep their control, is the problem. The government compromises itself in order to keep on top of the people, everyday.
The boss, the CEO being aggressive,striving for the best, competitive, is not a problem, it brings success. The executive being driven in order to be in power, in control of his employees is a problem. A head bullying the competent, experienced, because they refuse to be intimidated is a problem.
In Esther, Esther’s uncle Mordecai overheard a conspiracy to kill the king. He reveals this to Esther, who in turn tells the king. Mordecai gets no recognition for this,(till much later) he asks for none, he just does what is right. Hamen,is a man given too much power and wants for more. Hamen is a bully he wants to intimidate, all like Mordecai, Jews, because Mordecai will not compromise and bow to him.(I think he is a wee little man, a kiss ass a brown noser, willing do do whatever for the one with power, even lie, JUST to have some power himself) Hamen conspires to kill them all, and lies to the king to get his way. Plays on the fear of the king, that the king will be destroyed by these evil people. Mordicai does not run, he does not hide, he does not compromise. Mordecai wails for his people, he calls to Esther persuades her to stand strong for the truth,“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”Esther does not compromise she does not fear “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Hamen(the corrupt government, the company tyrant, the appointed leader) is so sure of his position, that he did nothing to attain, in disdain for someone of better character of himself. So blinded by his desire to be a leader, in power. Too sure.
When the king hears of the conspiracy to kill the jews, the people of his queen. When he realized he himself was used to bring about the demise of these people that he was manipulated, he is furious. Hamen was hung on the gallows he had intended for Mordecia.
None of this would have come to pass, a king would have been assassinated. A population of people, Jews, annihilate because of prejudice of a single man, a bully, if ONE man had been intimidated, and compromised and said nothing.
How many ONE’S have compromised, to the demise of hundreds? Thousands? Nations?
How many have put their trust in man, others and themselves and been obedient to the flesh.
What if just one, maybe YOU put your trust only in God and were obedient only to Him. “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34).
2 Samuel 22:31As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Jeremiah 17:“Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength,Whose heart departs from the Lord.6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,And shall not see when good comes,But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,In a salt land which is not inhabited.7“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,And whose hope is the Lord.8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,Which spreads out its roots by the river,And will not fear[b] when heat comes; But its leaf will be green,And will not be anxious in the year of drought,Nor will cease from yielding fruit.