Sometimes you have to make tough choices that involve your siblings, as well as your friends. In today’s devotional, Jerry learns a secret about his sister, and has to decide what he is going to do with it!
“Jerry Gets Offered a Bribe” ““ A Devotional on Bribes, Peer Pressure and Ratting Out
Jerry went to the mall with his mom, his 16-year-old sister Haley, and her friend Kerri. The girls went to shop in girls’ stores while Jerry’s mom took him for sneakers. The ones he wanted were $70, and Mom kept saying she and Dad had only allotted $50 for sneakers, and he’d have to pay the rest if he wanted them. He wasn’t sure that was how he wanted to spend his allowance from several weeks of yard work. He only said, “I can’t decide right now.”
On the way out, Jerry spotted Haley and Kerri in the food court with two boys that Mom and Dad forbid Haley to hang out with. Dad only said they were spoiled and very wild. Haley’s eyes locked with Jerry’s. Before he could decide whether to bust her, a text appeared on his phone: “I got twenty bucks for you if you don’t tell.” When he glanced back, one of the boys was holding up what looked like a twenty-dollar bill and smiling at him.
Scriptures to help Jerry decide what to do: Ephesians 6:1, Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 25:28
Jerry should (rate the answers; the best answer would be #1; the least likely answer #4)
___ not take the money, but not rat out Haley either. He’s showing Haley his Christian virtue by being honest financially, and he’s also cutting her a break.
___ tell Mom on Haley and spend his own money to help buy the sneakers. It’s Mom and Dad’s business, not his, and maybe God will bless him with something greater for resisting the bribe.
___ realize that the statement, “Never rat on your friends” truly applies here. A sister is more than a friend, and hence it’s his obligation to keep her little secret. The money is just a perk for doing the right thing.
___ take the money and tell Mom once the sneakers are in his possession. It’ll be a double whammy on Haley and really teach her a lesson.
Haley is a little like another girl, Stacy, who was very proud of herself for never ratting on her brother, even after seeing him do drugs. She thought she was beyond cool – until her brother totaled their parents’ car, ended up in intensive care, and went from the hospital to jail for two years for vehicular homicide (he hit another car and killed the driver). While parents make rules that kids think are ridiculous or inconvenient, they know what they’re doing. If Haley ends up in the boy’s car when he wraps it around a tree, how will Jerry feel about not telling? Taking the heat for telling is rarely fun, and in this case Jerry’s loss seems double because he’s losing money, too. However the saying is well known in many Christian Circles: “You can’t out give God.”
Test Him: If you make sacrifices to do the right thing, the Lord “will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it” (Psalm 37:34).
Most Christian Response:
Jerry should (2nd option is best): tell Mom on Haley and spend his own money to help buy the sneakers. It’s Mom and Dad’s business, not his, and maybe God will bless him with something greater for resisting the bribe.
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