See my dilemma? I'm supposed to join my Facebook timeline in raging about the "injustice" done these two videographers who busted Planned Parenthood, thus making me a good Conservative. But I'm having a hard time saying it's okay for them to sin because the other people are bigger sinners. I'm having a hard time justifying their sin for some kind of greater good; I don't think I can do that and be a good Christian. Because that's what this has turned into. "It's okay they lied because the other people are killing." The line to get on the slippery slope is long, but it's moving pretty fast.
With the conservative outrage over the Grand Jury's decision on Monday, we've moved beyond the question of Planned Parenthood's evil. We've moved into a bigger, more theoretical (dare I say age-old) question of whether it's okay to commit a little sin for the "greater good." And where's the line? Which sins are small enough to be okay? Is it okay to bomb an abortion clinic? If falsifying government documents will bring down Planned Parenthood, is that okay? Bombing, I'm guessing we all agree, no. But lying? It seems my fairly conservative Facebook feed agrees, yes.
But then my Bible still says, no.
Sin is sin is sin. Falsifying government records sent Jesus to the cross. Killing babies sent Jesus to the cross. Neither is beyond the reach of the gospel--but neither honors the Lord, either. One may be more or less heinous to me and you, but they both assault the sovereignty and glory of God. They are both cosmic treason to a Being infinite in his justice and holiness.
So I find myself not outraged at the Grand Jury in Houston, but a little let down by David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. I wish they'd done things the right way, maybe done a little more research, maybe gone the extra mile to make sure the bases were covered. Because my stomach turned at the videos they released. I want their work to mean something. But I can't be a good Christian if I expect the system to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for breaking laws, without holding these two accountable for breaking laws.
Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, "My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose," calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it. Isaiah 46.8-11
I can be a good Christian, though, by remembering and trusting that God is sovereign, that his purposes can't be thwarted, and that he allows and works through our sin to accomplish his purposes. He used the sin of Joseph's brothers to save many people (Genesis 50.20). He used the sin of the Pharisees and the Jewish crowd to save his people through the murder of Jesus (Acts 2.22-24).
And he can still use the sins of a couple of videographers to expose the sins of a nationwide abortion provider. So let's stop acting like these two didn't deserve their indictments, like they were martyred--but let's not stop praying that their work might yet succeed in its aim to expose greater evils.