Bible Study June 28 – Do the ends justify the means?

Hello Everyone!

This week’s Bible study theme is Debate/Controversial, and we will be meeting at Susanna’s home at 7:30pm. For address or directions, please contact Rob at r.e.fuller@gmail.com.

About 6 months ago I watched a movie called Machine Gun Preacher with my cousins, and at the end of it we got into a heavy discussion about one of the movie’s ethical cliche-like themes: do the ends justify the means? Machine Gun Preacher is based on the life of Sam Childers, a bike gang ex-con man who converted to Christianity, became an evangelical pastor and completely turned his life around. He went on a missionary trip to Sudan and came across the sad reality of how children are abused and exploited by all the violence caused by the different militia-type groups. Sam decides that he will help these children by building orphanages, but also by engaging in a violent exchange with these groups to rescue the children they systematically abduct (after killing their parents and destroying their villages).

The question of “is it OK for a Christian to brutally kill people to save children from bad guys?” is one that most of us will never have to struggle with at a personal level, but there are many other like questions that do apply to us. For example, is it OK to use any methods to bring people to Christ, even if it’s a little deceitful in the beginning? Ethics and morality is  a GREAT topic that is sometimes avoided by Christians because of its controversial aspects, but I hope that through its (unfortunately brief) discussion we will gain some insight for our spiritual lives.

Suggested Reading

Means Not JustifiedInteresting Points of View 1 Samuel 21:1-6; Matthew 12:1-13

Feel free to bring an appetizer or dessert to share!

Blessings,

Cecilia

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2 Comments on “Bible Study June 28 – Do the ends justify the means?”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    Write, looks like a great discussion, wish I could be there!


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