Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Some people try to rationalize why it is acceptable to do the wrong thing. However, wrong is always wrong no matter how hard someone tries to excuse it as being the right thing to do. There is never a right time to do something wrong.
1. Not For a Good Cause
Wrong is always wrong even when people excuse it by saying it is for a good cause. A so-called honorable purpose does not justify doing a dishonorable deed. All sin is a transgression of the law, according to First John 3:4, 5:17, and Second John 9.
There is no such thing as an honorable sin that is done before a Holy God.
"Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness" (1 John 3:4)
"All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death" (1 John 5:17).
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son" (2 John 9).
2. Even If Others Are Doing It
It is not unusual to hear people say, "Everybody else is doing it." Wrong is still wrong even if others are doing it. We should never follow others into doing something wrong. Everyone will be judged because of their own actions, not somebody else's. Besides, others should not be the standard by which you live. Jesus Christ is our example and should be the measure of our righteousness.
"Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil" (Exodus 23:2)
"Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
3. Even If It Doesn't Bother the Conscience
Wrong is wrong even if it doesn't bother you to do wrong. Some people can do wrong and still can sleep at night. That doesn't mean the act wasn't wrong. It might mean the person has a conscience that has been can be trained to accept wrongdoings.
4. Even If Wrong Is Accepted
Even when others accept your wrongdoings, God doesn't. People might readily accept your wrong because they themselves are doing wrong. Therefore, they cannot condemn you for doing what they are doing. Even though the sin might not be the same one, sin is still sin, and all still is wrong.
5. Even If You Don't Get Caught
Wrong is always wrong even though you don't get caught doing it. Don't think you have gotten away with doing wrong if you don't get caught. God sees what you have done wrong even if you are not caught and punished for it here on earth.
"The eyes of the Lord are in every place behold the evil and the good" (Proverbs 15:3).
God sees all and God knows all. Therefore, do what is pleasing in His sight.
6. Never a Right Way to Do Something Wrong
Something wrong should never be excused by saying, "It was the right thing to do." It is never right to do something wrong. Also, there is never a right way to do something wrong or a right time to do something wrong.
7. Even If You Apologize For It
Wrong is always wrong even if you apologize for it. Some people do wrong and apologize to the people affected by the action. An apology is commendable, but if the wrong action continues, the person isn't really sorry for his wrongdoing.
Apologies do not absorb the person of sin. However, repentance does. If the person is sincere, he will turn away from doing wrong with evidence of doing the right things.
William Penn said, "Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." That means sometimes you will be in the minority while others are in the majority. People might even turn against you when you want to do right while they are doing wrong.
Advice About Doing Something Wrong
If you have been doing something wrong, repent, and ask God to forgive you. If there is any retribution that can be offered, do so.
Begin a clean slate by doing what is right as much as possible. Refrain from thinking wrong can be right because there is never a right time to do something wrong.
Remember, there is always right to do a right thing and always wrong to do a wrong thing.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 19, 2020:
Eric, thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, I have heard many times about parents stealing to feed their children. It is sad, but there are other options.
Have a GREAT day!
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 19, 2020:
I like how you laid out the scenarios here. I certainly agree with all of them.
That one that always gets me is the little hungry boy with a hungry mom and sister at home, stealing the loaf of bread.