This week Eric Shinseki announced that he would step down as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. According to the reporting of Bob Schieffer and others, it is becoming clear the VA hospital system has a systemic problem with administrators “gaming the system” in order to report better performance for their hospitals and win bonuses.
“The idea that anyone would hold secret lists so people wouldn’t know that veterans were waiting for appointments is appalling.”
And as with ethics in every case, whether in medicine or business or government, ethical behavior stems from the character of the men and women involved. Without the development of spiritual maturity through mentoring and one’s own personal development, we will be prone to “cook the books” for our own benefit, no matter who the new administrators are. Hopefully, we will again realize that we each need a new heart, one promised in the new covenant (Ezekiel 36:24-27):
“For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all you filthiness, and from all your idols will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
For Further Study
“Bob’s blog: VA chief resigns” by Bob Schieffer, Face the Nation, CBS News