Bringing the Text to Life
In March, 1994, the huge defense contractor Martin Marietta returned to the Pentagon some 540 overpayments, totaling $135 million. Of course, that was nothing compared to the $1.4 billion in overpayments various defense contractors returned to the Pentagon in 1993.
With a fresh reading of the parable of the unjust steward in mind, it is hard to read a report like that without wondering, where is the truth? Defense contractors aren't usually at the top of our lists when we start citing altruistic organizations. So why is Martin Marietta really returning $135 million to the Pentagon? And if $1.4 billion in overpayments was returned in 1993, how much was not returned?
The unjust steward was not concerned with the truth; he was looking to insure a future roof over his head and food on his table. How much truth-telling and apparent generosity are done only for the sake of self-preservation?
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