PRINCIPLES ARE WHAT people have instead of God.  

To be a Christian means among other things to be willing if necessary to sacrifice even your highest principles for God's or your neighbor's sake the way a Christian pacifist must be willing to pick up a baseball bat if there's no other way to stop a man from savagely beating a child. 

Jesus didn't forgive his executioners on principle but because in some unimaginable way he was able to love them. 

"Principle" is an even duller word than "Religion." 

-Originally published in Wishful Thinking

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