The End Does Not Justify The Means… And…

No doubt you have heard – The end does not justify the means.  No doubt you have even thought about it at times.  What if I do something that is bad but it results in something good?  It’s an age old question.  Can Robin Hood rob from the rich in order to give to the poor?  It is somewhat of a Biblical question.  In writing to the Romans Paul raised a question that he knew some would ask: Can we continue in sin so grace can abound?  Paul had just explained about God’s forgiving nature.  Basically there is no sin that God cannot forgive.  His grace can cover every sin… so… logically the more we sin the more grace there will be.  Thus, Can we continue in sin so grace can abound?  Paul’s answer is: By no means! Or, as some translations say, God forbid!  The answer is NO.  One can’t do evil so good can come.

Someone has done a takeoff on the old adage.  The end does not justify the mean-ness. Actually I like the takeoff better than the adage.  Can I be mean to someone in order to promote some good?   I think the takeoff makes it more personal.  Can I hurt someone if the end result is I accomplish some good?  Can I ridicule a person in order to make a point?  Can I hurt someone by what I say or do in order to promote something I believe in? Ummm… maybe I’ve been watching too many campaign debates lately!  Have you seen an attack ads?

I think of Galatians 6:1: Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.

The ends do not justify the meanness!