Some, who have no scruples, would readily answer “yes”, in
They would do anything to achieve their
goal, no matter how rotten it is. Others, whose moral sense is not so dulled,
argue that in certain cases the end does justify the means. If the goal is a
noble one, they argue, then inappropriate means may be employed to achieve it,
This issue is
something that all Christians must take seriously.
Ethics determine behaviour and Christian
behaviour affects how and what people think about their faith, and about Jesus
Christ. The young believer who practices good principles will be an example
“in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity,” and so
will give no cause for any to despise his youth (1 Timothy 4:12). But if he
doesn’t he loses his influence for Christ. As C.S. Lewis put it: “When
Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, they make Christianity
unbelievable to the outside world.”
So, do the ends justify the means?
What about the intimidation of scientists
who carry out unnecessary tests on animals? This may force them to end their
work and so would relieve many helpless creatures from distress. Surely there
is room here to say that the method is suited to the purpose, and is morally
Stealing in order to satisfy hunger is
another case in which we might say the same. This is certainly more
understandable. The bible says: “Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to
satisfy his soul when he is hungry” (Proverbs 6:30).
Then, there is euthanasia. It does seem
cruel to prolong a man’s agony when medical experts say that he has little
chance of overcoming illness, or that if he recovered he would have no quality
Some say “All’s fair in love and war” and
believe that in conflict anything goes if the goal is the destruction of a
Some believe that it is morally righteous
to kill an abortion doctor, as this prevents the murder of unborn children.
Any action taken to spare the lives of the innocents has to be good.
In the final analysis, we cannot
decide on this issue by leaning on our own understanding or by practising
This leads to the disintegration of
society. When every man is his own king, then chaos reigns.
Far better to acknowledge an all-wise
God and follow the light of His Word
We are not to do evil that good may come
There are serious consequences if we try
to. We will reap what we sow! (Galatians 6:7). So let the Bible guide. And
remember this – “It’s never right to do wrong to do right.” (Dr Bob Jones Sr).