Avoid Acts Of Betrayal
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Betrayal is the noun of the transit verb betray. Although several definitions have been listed for the word betray, the list of four definitions from the Merriam-Webster dictionary seems most appropriate for this teaching and they are as follows:
- To lead astray. In this instance, betrayal is seen as deliberately deceiving someone who has faith and confidence in the betrayer that he/she can be relied upon for proper guidance, whereas the betrayer had it planned out all the while to lead the betrayed in the wrong direction by giving the wrong advice. The betrayed is thus made to look naïve and becomes a victim of trust.
- To deliver to an enemy by treachery. This is still the case of someone being lured into a prepared trap by another even though the betrayed in this instance is viewed as an enemy of some sorts. It is seen as a strategy of war but still involves deceiving another into trusting wrongly such that the person becomes a victim of trust. It may seem that an enemy was conquered through that strategy but it still does not take away the basic fact that it is act of betrayal.
- To fail or desert someone especially in times of need. This involves the one that is betrayed thinking that he/she can rely on the the betrayer for support in a particular situation or both agreeing on a particular point only for the betrayer to back down at the crucial moment thus leaving the one betrayed susceptible to ridicule or harm.
- To reveal a secret information about someone. This is the case of the betrayed needing a shoulder to lean on by sharing personal issues with expectation that the details of such discussions will not be revealed to any other person without the permission, only for such information to be made public . It becomes worse when the revelation of such information compromises the security, integrity and/or the social status of the betrayed.
Whichever of the above is the act of betrayal in reference, it will always produce a victim who is seen as the betrayed and the excuse that the betrayer tries to give for such act is never able to ameliorate the pain that comes with the act of betrayal as it will always be harmful to the betrayed.
The act of betrayal can be deliberate or not deliberate. It would be deliberate when the betrayer seeks to have an advantage from the act of betrayal. The betrayer expects a reward which is the motivation in the first place for carrying out the act. In a manner that can be considered as “selling out”, morals and ethics are thrown to the winds just as loyalty means nothing to the betrayer in those moments. Whatever is the basis of the relationship between the betrayed and betrayer is deemed insufficient in comparison to the anticipated reward for betrayal.
However, the act of betrayal may also not be deliberate. This happens when there is a greater consequence to any or both parties if the act of betrayal is not carried out. It could be the case of the life of a more appreciated person being on the line if the act of betrayal is not carried out or may actually be the case of a huge threat to the one who is trying to avoid the act of betrayal. The over-riding situation may make the prospective betrayer weigh the consequences of betraying against that of not betraying and conclude that it may be the right thing to do to put up such act that will be eventually regarded as betrayal. Sometimes it may even have to do with the safety of the one that is being betrayed as a greater loss to the betrayed may be involved if the betrayer does not act accordingly.
It should however be made clear that the act of betrayal may actually signify a lack of principle by the betrayer. The one who lacks morals or principle need not look forward to any form of reward or motivation as it is just normal for such a person to act in a treacherous manner, for example, not able to guide his/her pronouncements. To such an individual, he/she sees nothing wrong in the act of betrayal and most likely may even excuse it as his/her own way of being a plain person who is not willing to keep secrets.
The truth however is that nothing can excuse the act of betrayal by the Christian. Several sections of the Bible condemn the act of betrayal. The Bible for example mentions that the treacherous one should expect to be a victim of treachery when he/she has succeeded in his/her treacherous act – Isa. 33:1. Delilah betrayed the love that Samson had for her (Jug. 16:1-20) just as Doeg betrayed the trust that the Priests at Nob had in him – 1Sam. 21:7; 22:9. Joab betrayed the trust that Amasa had in him that all the differences they had was resolved – 2Sam. 20:1-10. The Gibeonites deceived the Israelites into believing that they were from a far country – Josh. 9:1-27. Jezebel deceived Naboth who thought he was being honoured by being invited to a banquet with the king – 1Kgs. 21:1-16. King Solomon betrayed the loyalty of Uriah by sending him to an untimely death – 2Sam. 11:1-27. Above all, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ, his master and benefactor because of a reward – Mk. 14:10-21. All these and more can be found in the scriptures and none of these acts of betrayal ever produced a positive result as there was always a victim that suffered irreparable damage.
There is no gain-saying that no matter how justified a betrayer may feel, the result of the act of betrayal should never be what anyone, especially one who claims to be a Christian should be proud of. This is because there is always going to be a negative recompense for such acts, if not for the betrayer directly, then for someone along that lineage.
Because the act of betrayal may sometimes be due to unavoidable situation that is beyond the control of the betrayer, it is important for the Christian to continue to pray to the Almighty God that he/she should not experience such situations and where such situations should occur, the Almighty God should provide a way out to avoid having to put up the act of betrayal.
For the Christian who revels in betrayal, it should be made clear that there is a reward for every act of man and such should be willing and ready to accept whatever the consequence of sucbetrayal, but it will be better for such to repent as the Bible as always advised that one should do to others what one desires as it is with the scale that one measures for others that one will receive a reward – Lk. 6:31. May God save us from situations that will leave us with no choice than to put up the act of betrayal in Jesus name. Amen.