There is a continual tension in the human condition: Society
needs laws--but sometimes a law is wrong. Legal doesn’t always mean good or
Also, sometimes individuals and organizations can use the
law to cloak themselves, and if they have the resources, they can become
At one time, slavery was the law. And those who helped
slaves escape were breaking the law. Today we praise these people as heros.
At one time, segregation was the law. And law enforcement
acted against those who broke this law. Today, we hail the individuals who
engaged in civil disobedience for the greater good.
If it were not for whistleblowers, we would not know about
immoral and unethical behavior of organizations, corporations, powerful
individuals, or even entities within governments.
If Watchtower was indeed the force of good in the world it
claims to be, it would welcome transparency. It would have no problem having
its hierarchy recorded, its documents leaked. It would open its computer files.
It would welcome itself to be audited. It would itemize everything and make it
public. After all, what would there to be to hide?
As John 3:20 says, “For
everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his
deeds may not be exposed. “
With all that said, that is not to say every act of breaking
the law in order to work for the greater good is okay. The ends don’t always
justify the means. But sometimes it might be the only way.
Assassinating Watchtower officials or their hierarchy...that would definitely NOT be okay. Burning down Kingdom Halls or Watchtower buildings...that would NOT be okay.
Protesting in the Kingdom Hall...it would be counterproductive to the cause, but it would not cross an ethical line.
Whistleblowing, turning over documents, secret recordings, leaking information...I'm all for it.