Most people view obedience as a positive thing. Some say that being obedient can instill the proper values into a person. “It builds character,” others might say, “It helps a person grow, you know, in the ‘right’ sort of way.” Now, surely, one must wonder if that’s necessarily true.
It’s said that obedience can be both a sin and a virtue, but it would make sense to think that obedience can only be a sin when it’s inspired and carried on by sinful people. Likewise, obedience should bring forth virtues, only when there are virtuous people to follow. But can the two become intertwined? Can obedience result in sin if the intentions are holy? Can sinful obedience sometimes have good outcomes?
The answer really depends on what the circumstances are, and what peopl...
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...-for tidal wave / Of justice can rise up / And hope and history rhyme” (10-12), just as being obedient can sometimes result in rewarding outcomes, and hope and history can indeed rhyme— hopefully, however, one’s hope in obedience won’t rhyme with someone like George Gearson’s history, but it might.
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