As many of you know, I have been out of work since February 2012, but you may not have heard the entire story.   Thankfully, this story has a happy ending since I have, just in the last week, gotten a job offer teaching English composition at the local community college.  So my story not only has a successful ending, but it is a testament to God’s faithfulness.  God promises protection when he brings us through trials such as the one I have suffered through these last two years:  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2).  God certainly was with me, strengthening me, comforting me, and encouraging me.  Yet, in spite of His presence, I was still required to go through this trial as part of God’s perfect plan for my life, such plans of which He has for every single person if they allow Him to implement the plans.  God’s plans are not always about suffering, although that is a natural part of life, and it is certainly part of the Christian experience as I have written about recently.  Instead, God’s plans are mostly about the abundant life spoken of in John 10:10

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. 



Elizabeth Lee
08/13/2013 3:42pm

I too worked for a defense contractor who conspired with the US Navy to destroy my 35 year career as a Unix/Linux expert and to subject me to horrible stress and shock. Defense contractors often look for ways to terminate older employees to avoid paying them any retirement benefits. Supposedly, as soon as one starts to work for Northrop Grumman, one is fully invested into a retirement program. So they want to shoo anybody close to retirement out the door. I was told this by two trusted contacts in NG. When I returned to work after an unavoidable disability period, I was not given a desk, phone, computer -- much less an office. They did not enter me into their payroll database, so I was not paid for a month. I was at a 6 figure pay grade, and they wanted to hire somebody young with an associate degree in my place -- somebody they could pay 30K. I had informed my supervisor immediately when I returned that my daughter was critically ill, and that circumstance probably would require my absence more than expected (I offered to work from home, only on days there was a critical need for me to be home but they refused). That is what they used to force me out; I took a day without pay to be home with my daughter, and when I returned, they said they were going to terminate me. I was astounded. Luckily, I had a 90 day grace period on my disability insurance, so I returned to disability status. But it is a horrible thing to see your reputation, your life-long work and career status turn to dust at the whim of corrupt and incompetent civil servants and military personnel. I grew up as a Navy brat since my dad was career Navy. It really hurt to experience this humiliation at the hands of the US Navy that benefited from 20 yrs of my dad's faithful service and my own government. I was astounded at the stupidity, sexism, racism, corruption and incompetence on both the military and civilian side of business. For five years afterward, I was treated for PTSD. My daughter almost died 5 days after I went back on disability and had to be rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery. I commiserate with your ordeal and admire your strength and faith.


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 


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