A Thought on Transparency

When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate.  But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.

  • Esther 2:19-20

A gossip betrays a confidence,
    but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

  • Proverbs 11:13

Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.  He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.  In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet.  The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia.  She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

  • Mark 7:24-30

In the Scriptures above, we see three of the 100+ times the word secret is used in the NIV.  Esther kept her secret, until she needed to divulge her secret.  Solomon warns us against gossip and commends those who can keep a secret.  And Jesus finds it hard to keep his comings and goings a secret.

Have you ever had a friend who could not keep a secret?  Not just a blabbermouth, but someone who has something inside him twist into a knot until he has to tell the secret?  Some of you might say that they were not that much of a friend.

I had a friend, who for a time was my best friend, but this guy could not keep a secret if his life depended upon it.

When I did my comedy routine on stage in October 2019, an hour and a half of me telling jokes…  Okay, it was an hour of me telling jokes and then thirty minutes of me tying those jokes into my testimony, but no one was ever supposed to know what the last thirty minutes was about.  Once my friend was done destroying my secret, everybody knew what to expect, but he was still my best friend.

This friend talked to me about how he felt that the government should be totally transparent.  Maybe he hoped they would become transparent because he wanted the job of telling everyone our country’s secrets.

I told him, “There are some things you do not need to know.  There are some things that you would hate to hear.”

He said, “No!  I have to know everything.”

I replied, “And if I told you that I had killed someone?  Would that be something that you needed to know?”

He said, “It might make a difference in our friendship, but I think you are joking like you always do.  You have never killed anyone.”

I smiled, “I might have.  I am well trained in doing such things.  … But you’re safe.  I like you. … for now.”

Note:  I was joking but adding the “for now” caused him to look nervous and swallow really hard.

The thing is that I had been entrusted by our government and NATO with a lot of clearances during my career.  I have been required to let people know where I am travelling in the past.  I have no idea if they shadowed my movements.  I was never that important of a cog, so I really doubt it.

Trust me!  You do not need to know.

But, I am going to do something that I have never done.  I am going to tell you something that I have never written before or told anyone in private conversation.

Here it comes.

Wait for it.

Here it is!!

Probably 90-100% of what I knew while dealing with classified information has been declassified and you can read about most of it online.

But you did not hear that information from me.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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