As he mused he became keenly sensible of the deep responsibility they assume who disregard the means to attain the end, and of all the danger of setting in motion an engine which it exceeds human power to control.
– James Fenimore Cooper, Last of the Mohicans, describing Montcalm reflecting on the massacre of William Henry
The landscape of modern Western Christianity today is littered with the wrecks of engines which “leaders” set in motion, disregarding the means they were using to attain their end.
And yet, many still press on with dubious means to build their ministries (or empires), as if the means doesn’t matter as long as they achieve their end. They set in motion engines which they cannot control, and they bear a heavy responsibility — for the actual end achieved is just about always affected by the means.