Does the End Justify the Means?
Does a goal justify an, ‘at any cost’ route to win the prize?
Probably one of the best examples of, ‘does the end justify the means’ is found in the story of King David and the wife of one of his mighty men, Uriah. At the time when kings go out to war David decided to stay home and send his men to fight without him. With time on his hands David takes a late night walk on his veranda and from there sees a beautiful woman bathing herself. Wow! Who is she, he wonders; and then, in his lust, sends one of his servants to bring her to him. It appears not to matter to David that she is married, and to one of his mighty men; he wants her!
After she informs him that she has become pregnant by him, David attempts to cover-up his misdeed, but to no avail and in the end he purposely devises the murder of Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah. (This story is found in 2Samuel 11.)
YHVH didn’t think much of David’s scheme; through a prophet He sent word to David that the child would not live and from there on David’s kingdom began to decline. YHVH doesn’t think much of those who take matters into their own hands in an attempt to obtain a desired outcome; in fact, He specifically, from Mount Sinai, wrote on two tablets of stone 10 Words or more commonly called commandments for how He expected man to live with Him and with their fellow man. Of the 10 commandments the 9th one clearly states, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” This is YHVH telling us not to lie.
I recently read a Facebook post called, “9 Sins the Church is Okay with”. Fear, Apathy, Gluttony, Worry, Flattery, Comfort, Consumerism, Patriotism, and number nine Lying. Quoting, “Lying is so socially acceptable, even in Christian circles, that it often goes undetected. We’re desensitized to it. And here’s why this is dangerous for Christians.
“There’s a rarely-discussed passage in Matthew 5:33-37 where Jesus confronts the Pharisees about oaths. Most Americans only hear the word oath when a celebrity lies in court (under oath). But Jesus isn’t talking about oaths in this passage.
“He is talking about INTEGRITY.
“Here’s what Jesus is saying. You should live with such high integrity that your word doesn’t need attachments to make it legitimate. So, typical phrases like, “I promise,” “I swear,” and “I put it on my mom’s grave,” should never come from your mouth.
“…you say things all the time and never follow through. You lie to stay out of trouble. You lie to get ahead. Sometimes you lie just to lie.
“Jesus said there’s no place for that if you’re a Christian. Your word matters. If you say something, God expects you to do it. It’s better to tell the truth and lose your job than lie and keep it.
“How serious is this? Jesus says anything more than our word is from the evil one, Satan. That’s real.” (By Frank Powell)
With all this in mind let’s take this discussion to the presidential race. Those who supported Ted Cruz for president are upset because they feel he was unfairly drummed out of the race. The vitriol has been amazing to see and read; all sorts of dooms-day predictions that America will suffer judgment for denying the anointed of God his rightful place to bring America back from the brink of disaster and favoring instead a candidate that will surely spell destruction for America. Trump supporters are called lazy, good-for-nothing drunks, vilified as non- Christians, anti-American, God-haters, the rhetoric is highly inflammatory; even the past Bush presidents are saying that they will not support the presumptive nominee. Let’s face it, Donald Trump is far from perfect, he is an unknown on the political scene, what He will actually do remains to be seen, but why such intense hatred?
But, back to the question, does the end justify the means… What makes all of this so interesting to me is that Ted Cruz states, emphatically, that he is a born-again Christian. He has allowed pastors to lay hands on him and prophetically declare him to be the anointed of God. He claims that God spoke through his wife Heidi and gave him a clear directive to run for the office of president of these United States. Now, if all of this is true, why did he drop out of the race after the Indiana primary? If you are so sure that God has called and anointed you to a specific task, then why quit running before you have reached the end of the race?
Are Ted Cruz’s political aspirations built on a lie?
Scripture says God does not change His mind like a man does; Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” If YHVH says something, it stands; just because we might not like His word doesn’t mean that we can ignore it or change it to suit our purposes. To do so is at our own peril.
On January 3,2013, Ted Cruz was sworn into the U.S. Senate. Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution has the following requirements for a seat in the U.S. Senate; “No person shall be a senator who shall not have obtained the age of thirty years, and been nine years a citizen of the United States and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be chosen.” In order to appear on the Texas ballot for U.S. Senate in 2012, Cruz had to file an application with both the Texas Republican Party and Texas Secretary of State (the chief elections officer in the state) swearing under oath that he meets these requirements. If his statements on that application were false, if he did not meet those requirements, then he committed “fraud” all the way back to 2012. (Taken from News With Views, May 4, 2016, by JB Williams)
Even though Ted Cruz’s mother at the time of his birth was an American citizen, the necessary documentation, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, was not filed. Ted Cruz did not give up his Canadian citizenship until May 14, 2014, prompting this comment from his wife in Indiana she said, “Ted is an immigrant to the USA,” born in Canada and remained a Canadian for 43 years, until he decided to seek the office of president of the United States.
Ted Cruz did not disclose his legal Canadian citizenship to the Texas Election Officials or to the Texas voters in 2012 and to date he has not offered any evidence of legal U.S. citizenship. Which causes me to say that Ted Cruz’s political aspirations are based on a lie. How can YHVH honor a lie, it would be against His nature to bless some who lie and bring destruction on others. Who would want to serve a fickle god like that? This willy-nilly, wishy-washy kind of god is what the pagans serve. The God that I serve is absolute! He changes not! What He said, He will do! He is the same yesterday, today and forever! He is Almighty, All Knowing, All Present! He says to His children, “Be holy as I AM holy!”
Ted Cruz supporters, you that are so upset, frustrated, anxious for your future, look up and give thanks to YHVH for His mercy and pray for Ted Cruz and his family. Things done in darkness will be revealed in the light; nothing will remain hidden, for YHVH will not be mocked.
The end does not justify the means! It never has and it never will. Foul play always has consequences.
But… You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free!