Day 5: Don’t ruin someone else’s reputation to make your testimony look better
Apparently, testimony time is the new “Tell-All”. Perception is reality. Have you ever been in a situation where you were caught in the middle? You’ve heard both sides of the story, gave your two cents and moved on. Only to hear yeeaarrrss later, the same situation, the same story, including the same individuals, in the name of “Testimony Time” but at the expense of one of the two individual’s reputation? It’s amazing I’ll tell you. I had a situation that happened some few years ago. I was just at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Naturally, I didn’t think anything of it. I was extremely casual. But I’m glad it happened then as young adult because it taught me early on you to be careful about how your associate yourself with certain people. What I believed was supposed to be a strategic relationship is now irreconcilable. Certain facts were given that were correct but it was not the truth. It did not reveal the intent and purpose of my actions. Now years later, I hear the story being recited in the form of a testimony and I’m thinking “Yeah, that happened but I didn’t say that or say this about you or the situation”. My favorite part is the name dropping, as well being avoided liked the plague as if I had done something wrong….hmmm…I see…well then. Once thing I love about God, time reveals all truth if you pray the right prayers. My “Name” being cleared is no longer a primary concern. What’s a concern is for the entire truth to be known and for those who are for me to be for me; and for those who don’t know anything about me, to take the time to verify if what you heard was true. This situation has allowed me to exam myself. Have I ever exaggerated a story or only heard one side and ran with it? I’ve been alive long enough and I’m sure I have. Today, I take my time to speak about a situation. I don’t want anything I’ve ever said to demolish somebody’s reputation and good name because I’m salty over a small situation. Not cool. The consequences take years to repair and some of us are left holding the pieces. Have you ever left someone holding the pieces of something you broke?
All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and gave honor to Haman, for the king had said that this should be done. But Mordecai did not bow down or give him honor. 3 Then the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why are you not obeying the king?” 4 They spoke to him each day, but he would not listen to them. So they told Haman to see if Mordecai’s reason was good enough. For he had told them that he was a Jew. 5 When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or honor him, he was very angry. 6 But he did not want to only hurt Mordecai. They had told him who the people of Mordecai were and Haman wanted to destroy all the Jews. He wanted to destroy all the people of Mordecai in the whole nation of Ahasuerus.
“ In the first month, the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, names were drawn in front of Haman from day to day and from month to month, until the twelfth month, the month of Adar. Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people spread out among the people in all the parts of your nation whose laws are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws. So it is not good for the king to let them stay. If it pleases the king, let it be made known that they should be destroyed. And I will pay silver weighing as much as 10,000 men to those who do the king’s work, to be put into the king’s store-houses.” Then the king took the special ring from his hand that he used for marking his name and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, who hated the Jews” Esther 3:2-10
We all know the story of Esther and where this conspiracy against an entire nation began: Mordecai would not bow. Mordecai was devote Jew and was not going to serve any other God but Yahweh. So, as for bowing, sorry Haman, bowing was not going to happen. So you know what Haman did? He threw a hissy fit and ran to the King and told on Mordecai. Refer back to verse 8 and see the account of what happened to the King. Of course, the King wouldn’t want anyone insulting or not taking orders from his officials. They were the King’s law enforcers and it was a direct reflection on how he ran his nation. But Haman manipulated the story, to get what he really wanted: To polish up his own reputation by destroying Mordecai. Haman was busy making preparations for his testimony because he was about to stomp Mordecai out but look at what God did! It was recorded in the books the good Mordecai has done and the King could not sleep because of it. Not to mention a young hot thing by the name of Esther was strategically placed at the right hand of the King. Despite a command that could not be reversed about the schedule genocide of the Jews, the Lord pulled a checkmate. The Jews were allowed to defend themselves and Haman was hanged. Although Haman left broken pieces in the hands of Mordeaci because of his devilish selfishness, God vindicated him and brought the truth out. We are no longer living in the days of old, so calm down no one has to get hanged LOL but God will turn the situation in your favor and silence your enemies. A painful but necessary lesson of 2013.