It’s Never Right to Do Wrong in Order to Get a Chance to Do Right

It’s Never Right to Do Wrong in Order to Get a Chance to Do RightThis is a follow-up to my earlier post, “When Doing the Right Thing Is the Wrong Thing,” published on January 3, 2015.

I want to expand on that concept. In that post I proposed that “the right thing” is not defined by the desired result. That is, there is nothing that is right about a plan to rob a business. Granted, in order to pull it off successfully, there are, as with anything else “right steps” to take in order to achieve the objective. But that does not make those steps things that are inherently right. In fact, morally speaking, each of those steps are wrong within the scope and context of the objective.

For instance, let’s assume that the robber doesn’t want to hurt anyone. That’s a good thing in and of itself, but once it is a part of the overall plan to do wrong, it is by nature a part of the bigger wrong.

Now, let’s turn that argument around. Let’s say that the reason for robbing the business is because the robber is unemployed, deep in debt, about to be evicted and cannot provide for his family. The question becomes, “Is it right to rob a business to provide for his family?” Some people may want to say that it’s okay, because they don’t know what they would do if they were in the same situation. If that is the case, those people have a broken moral compass.

What if the question was, “Is it right to rob business to pay off his debts?” Those without clear moral direction – without the ability to clearly distinguish right from wrong – may be inclined to answer the two questions differently, even though they are the same. You see, the question is really, “Is it right to rob?” The answer is “No, it is not.”

It’s that simple.

But every day, all around the world, people rob others, justifying their actions on excuses like, “They’ll never know” or “They’ll never miss it” or “It’s not a big deal.” Cashiers steal money from registers because they believe that they need the money more than the business does. Repairmen charge for things they don’t do so that they can make more money. People shoplift so that they don’t have to spend money on items they want – or to sell those items for other purpose. Employees steal from employers. Employers steal from employees, suppliers and customers using all sorts of schemes.

I think I have made my point, so let’s return to the title, which is a quote from the late Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. “It’s never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.”

Right and wrong are not defined by our circumstances, but whether we do what is right or what is wrong defines who we are.

It may require some changes in your perspective and your actions, but “Do right. Do right until the stars fall.”

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