There are easy ways to find the correct thing do in every situation. Consult a rule book, instruction manual, witticism, or convenient bit of hearsay, and you are golden.
Finding the right thing to do in a given situation may not be so easily discerned. True, the right and the correct thing to do often are one in the same; that is not always the case.
if you’ve ever read Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, you’d understand. In the book, Huck has the chance to free his friend, Jim, from slavery. However, in the culture in which he lived, it was considered unlawful, even sinful to do so. “All right, then, I’ll go to hell,” he replied. This was not an easy decision, as to do so would force him onto the lamb himself. Still, he felt morally obligated to do so.
Jesus Himself was notorious for doing this, being chided again and again by the self-righteous rulers of the day for doing what, in their mind’s eye, were unlawful acts. Yet, Jesus insisted that HE “did not come to abolish [the Law and the Prophets] but to fulfill them.”
Is this hypocrisy, irony, or something else entirely?
In C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, our main character, Aslan, dies in his friend, Edmund,’s stead (as was required by the law), but in doing so, Aslan cracks the Stone Table in twain, and He rises again.
There’s the rub: all these characters are, as Cervantes’s Don Quixote would say, “willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause.” When they come out the other side, they have not changed what is technically correct, but rather redefined it, even superseded it. Such an action is not to be taken lightly, as change and paradigm shifts never occur with ease, but great things occur in and through them.
Application: In this life, you will sometimes be given a choice between the correct and the right thing to do. Dig deep before choosing your path. It may lead you to uncharted territory, but territory that you will not walk alone!