Is betraying a confidence always a bad thing? If we are betraying our friends in order to spread gossip, then there is no value in that. However, what if we are sharing information for the greater good?
Sometimes, if we have knowledge of wrongdoing, we have a moral obligation to report the wrongdoing, and perhaps, in some circumstances, a legal obligation to do so. If someone is going to hurt themselves or someone else, we most certainly have an obligation to tell someone. At first glance, a person who betrays a co-worker or friend is not a very nice person and must get some personal satisfaction from the betrayal. Upon further investigation, perhaps the betrayer was bound by a workplace code of conduct, perhaps they were questioned by the authorities, or perhaps they were concerned for the personal safety and well-being of a friend. Things are not always what they seem.
At first glance, Judas betrayed Jesus for personal gain. When we look again, Judas was doing what he was supposed to do and fulfilling the scriptures.
God of compassion, fill us with wisdom and insight so that we might learn the motives behind a person's actions. Amen. — GB