the means is the ends

It is a frequent assertion that "the ends do not justify the means." In our current American political climate, the ends promised by means of straight talk without political correctness will not differ from those means to achieve them. The scare quotes around "political correctness" in our national discourse prevent us from recognizing that it means consideration. To speak politically correct to speak with consideration of those affected by that speech. To conflate all Mexican migrants as rapists and murderers is to not consider the majority of Mexican migrant farm laborers who work for less than our minimum wage for more than eight hours a day to provide us with most of our national produce. To shout down "Black lives matter" is to ignore the absurdly high proportion of police brutality directed to minorities and the devastation that brings to those families. As Malcolm X crudely and said at an inconsiderate time, "the chickens have come home to roost." Or as the Bible says, "we will reap what we sow. If sow the wind, we will reap the whirlwind."

Not only do the ends not justify the means, the means are the end themselves.

A white, male bully will not make America great again, but make America crass even more and belligerent than she already is.

If we daily pray to God as Jesus taught, "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven," then shouldn't we believers be practicing the kingdom ways now, of loving our neighbors as ourselves, of turning our cheek when we are hit, of giving more when we are sued, of blessing those who slander us, of feeding the poor, caring for the sick, housing the refugee, and providing for women and children? The means are the end. Love is the method. Love is the goal. To support another method to get to a "better" kingdom is to sow the wind to our own destruction.


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