Ends Justifying Means

I just saw a Gottesdienst blog post raising awareness of the capitulation of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois. Sad situation, and I’m sure the first of many, but one sentence caught my attention:

This is not really a tough decision ethically, because the bending or compromising of principles is never a good thing to do, no matter what good might come of it.

I guess I’ve never heard that so succinctly put. I know that I’ve often struggled with times when it seems like we might be able to compromise on our principles without giving too much, in order that some great good might potentially come out of it. But isn’t that just another case of the ends justifying the means?

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