It is your responsibility . . . not just to be zealous in the pursuit of your ideals, but to be sure that your ideals are the right ones . . . (Antonin Scalia, late Supreme Court Justice)
Scalia completes the sentence, “. . . —not merely in their ends but in their means.” Having ideals (principles) is important, but you can have an ideal that is based on an inadequate moral premise. So, we need to be sure we’re following ethical standards that include not just high ideals but the methods and strategies to attain them that are, themselves, ethical.
Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence (2 Peter 1:5).