Getting back to my story, though, I had been working for a government agency, which I will not name here to spare anyone embarrassment. I certainly do not want to return “evil for evil” (Romans 12:17). I worked for this agency for over three years, long enough to gain what was essentially tenure. So I should have been afforded, according to their rules, a higher level of treatment than, say, a person who had just started working there. Unfortunately, the moral compass of this organization was completely out of whack with many improper and even illegal activities going on. The entire organization was a case study in the corruption of our current, modern-day government. Our government, as you all have been finding out from the news with the NSA and IRS scandals, is a hotbed of corruption and incompetence. It is a huge, bureaucratic monster without accountability and without any effective oversight. The effect of this situation is a perfect storm of corruption in just about every single corner of our federal government today. I doubt that there is any agency that is not infected with this disease. Our own Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stood a 13-hour filibuster back in March of this year over the issue of government accountability. In fact, Senator Paul has introduced a bill in the Senate, S. 209, dubbed “Audit the Fed,” which begins the process of actually, effectively holding the government accountable for its actions, starting with the Federal Reserve. This is a huge step in the right direction, and I’m sure he will eventually push such accountability for all government agencies because I can tell you from personal experience that the NSA and IRS scandals are just the tip of the iceberg. There is much, much more corruption that has yet to be uncovered.
From my own experience, I worked for a military organization, and if you’ve been in the service, you know how much they push the theme of moral values: duty, honor, country, selfless service, etc. It is absolutely essential that such organizations which control violence with so many tools of destruction at their disposal should be highly moral organizations because the consequences of immorality in the military are quite high in terms of human life and the safety and security of our American institutions. Since these values are so constantly taught and constantly publicized everywhere you look in military organizations and bases, then you would expect to find those values being practiced everywhere from the lowest private to the highest general. Unfortunately, that is not the case in our military today. And this is probably not a new trend. I suspect that it has been going on for decades. There is a belief by many in the higher offices of our military that the rules don’t apply to them since they are “special” or privileged people. I found that to be the case in the organization I was working in. There was one particular person who was second in command in our organization, and since he was a retired military officer and was a civilian providing the continuity between rotation military leaders of our organization, then he had developed much power that was unchecked and unchallenged. Moreover, he did not seem to possess a personal moral compass that would direct him to right and proper action. I saw him, time and time again, do what was politically expedient or beneficial to him rather than doing what was right.
More on this tomorrow. I pray that you would have a blessed day, walking in close fellowship with our Loving Lord.