9-1-14 To Rat or Not to Rat

“I need to tell you that I smelled alcohol on a driver’s breath,” I told the boss about one of the drivers. 

“Yes, others have reported that to me, as well.” We will be addressing that. 

Meanwhile, the driver tried to disguise the odor with garlic – lots and lots of garlic.  So much that one knew he had been in the building long after he left.  He was an accident waiting to happen. It wasn’t long before he was no longer with the company’s employ. 

Sometimes one feels like a rat if he tells on someone.  However, there are times when it is right and appropriate to reveal information that would save somebody’s life.  Anyone that drinks and drives should be reported to prevent an accident or even a fatality. Another thing would be a plot to kill someone or themselves. I don’t know whatever happened to the guy that lost his job. Hopefully, one day I will find out that it actually saved his life, too. 

The book of Esther tells of a time that Mordecai did the right thing by reporting an assassination plot to kill the king. It took courage to do the right thing even though he didn’t receive any accolades for it. But he knew that he very well may have saved the king’s life.

To rat or not to rat – doing right takes courage.

Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him. In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's name. And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.” Esther 2:20-23.

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