The Prophet, The Psalmist, And The Snitch

One of the most key aspects of warfare, and one of the most little known among the general population at large, is information warfare.  Information is the raw material of knowledge and intelligence, and anyone who wishes to prevail in a contest needs to have accurate information to act on.  The Bible has a surprisingly large amount to say about information warfare.  I have discussed spying, specifically, elsewhere [1], and do not wish to comment on it again except to note that the spy was one of the main sources of information to godly regimes in the Bible.  What I wish to do today is cover another aspect of information warfare that reveals a surprising aspect of God’s character that we may not easily recognize.  God loves snitches.

This is a realization we do not come to very easily in life, but it makes perfect sense when we think about it a while.  For one, God is the ultimate authority over the entire universe, our heavenly father, and so it is perfectly natural to snitch to God when people harm us.  And we ought to know as well that it is perfectly natural for other people to snitch to God on us when we harm them.  For who is the judge who fights the wicked oppressors (Psalm 10)?  Who is the heavenly judge that tells those who abuse their earthly authority that they will die like men (Psalm 82)?  It is none other than God Himself.

The Psalms and the prophets are full of snitching.  Psalm after psalm and prophet after prophet tell God in agonizing poetry about the suffering of the righteous due to the corrupt human authorities around them.  Why are they telling God?  Because He’s in charge and because it’s His job to do something about it.  They are the tattletales and snitches of wicked and corrupt societies and for that they are called God’s servants.  Ever thought it that way?  God’s servants are spies and snitches to tattle on the corrupt societies they live among, to tell God all of the wicked things that go on that require His righteous judgment.  For this service we are considered God’s people and God’s servants.

Put that way, it makes a fair amount of sense why God’s people by and large are not popular around the world.  If you don’t want to respect the authority of the ruler of the universe, you are not going to view very highly those whose very presence and purpose is to tell on your evil doings to their heavenly Master and Lord.  And that is precisely what the Bible says–a servant is not greater than his master, and those who hate the master will hate His servants also (see John 15:18-25).  But even though this hatred is unjust (without a cause) it is not without reason, since the servants of God represent the kingdom of God, the visible authority and judgment of God, and hence the people of God will expose the attitudes of others towards God’s rulership, whether hostility towards that righteous authority and just enforcement of His laws, or whether it is friendship and support of that regime.  There is no neutrality.

But that only exposes an aspect of our responsibility and accountability even further.  Our very purpose here is to spy on the regimes of this world wherever we find ourselves.  We are God’s servants and have the responsibility to report to Him what we find there that does not meet His standards, and even more so what is directly hostile to His ways.  It is a responsibility we have that no one is going to take away from us.  It is our charge to snitch about our wicked and corrupt societies to God, while longing for their repentance (and showing others how their behavior falls short of the divine standard), and also to seek His judgment upon the unrepentant.  For God has limits to His patience and will not be mocked forever, but we are not on His side unless we are observant and giving Him accurate information and reports on what we see.  For that is how we show ourselves loyal to Him and to His ways.  May we therefore be good snitches, as loyal servants of God.


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