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Noble justifications for less noble intentions Mar 14 2020
How often do we match noble arguments to less noble intentions? Something like that happened shortly before Jesus was arrested:
(47) … the chief priests and Pharisees convened a council, and were saying … (48) “If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation”… (53) So from that day on they planned to kill Him. (John 11)*
What lofty argument did the leaders give to justify their decisions? One must stop Jesus’ activity because it threatens to destroy the nation and its greatest values. Jesus’ activity is harmful to the nation.
But what really was in their hearts? What did they fight for? “What would happen if all people followed Jesus?” They would cease to be great and important. But they made some sacred justifications for the decisions, hiding their selfishness behind them. They knowingly killed an innocent.
What were the far-reaching effects? A few decades years later Roman commander Titus destroyed the city, temple and part of the nation. Are these effects when we add noble justification to evil intentions?
Is this tendency not part of our human nature to seek holy excuses for non-holy intentions? Is this the reason why we need Someone to help change our hearts?
There is something to think about.
*) Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.