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Except they don’t.  They end up dead.  Just like everyone else.  It’s just a matter of when and how.

Think about the phrase for a moment – “Only the strong survive.”

It’s patently false.  No one survives life.  In fact, it’s a ridiculous statement.

“Only the strong survive” is linked to the ends justify the means.  Except if the strong aren’t getting out of life alive, then do the ends really matter at all?  Those who subscribe to these ideologies are lying to themselves if they really think they live by them.  The strong are going to die.  And the ends don’t really matter if you are going to end up dead.

But following Christ offers a different way of thinking and living.  Jesus calls on us to face the reality of death – not to run from it.  But it doesn’t end there.  Jesus makes us a promise – that death will not have the final say.  It’s not the strong that survive.  It’s that God’s children will be resurrected.

It’s not that the ends justify the means, it’s that Jesus is the means and is far more important than the ends. Jesus says he is the way, the truth, and the life.  The means justify the ends.  This is why followers of Jesus can’t just claim the label of Christian and then ignore what Jesus says.  Or to quote Jesus: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ but do not do what I tell you?”  Jesus very much cares about the means.

We can live by “Only the strong survive” and “the ends justify the means.”  But really, why bother?  There is nothing special about these arguments.  They don’t offer us life.  they don’t offer us anything really.

There is a different way.  A much better way.