Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Judge and Jury
I have been in a few courtrooms in my time. The few I have been in are mostly the direct result of an incident (or two) in which son did break the law and got himself arrested (in his youth as a juvenile, thankfully he hopefully learned his lesson in that he is pretty much a law abiding citizen these days as an adult).
In those cases of son, although he broke the law and although he was 110% guilty in each and every circumstance, the judges were relatively compassionate and caring. They were concerned that he realized his guilt and gave him (more than) fair punishment for his crime. They should have thrown the book at him and locked him away for years, but they did what the law said to do.
They were fair.
I'm not sure I could be a judge.
I'm terrible at judging people. I know we aren't suppose to judge. I have to constantly remember the plank in my eye is bigger than the splinter in someone else's eye.
It constantly amazes me that people who are guilty as sin who are caught red handed doing a crime go in front of a judge and plead "not guilty". Really? You have the murder weapon in your hand and the person is lying dead at your feet and you're "not guilty".
Like I said, I couldn't be a judge.
The two times son broke the law he was guilty 110%. Not guilty never even was a consideration.
Its probably a good thing I am not a judge. I couldn't be impartial and just look at the law and try to uphold it.
Looking at juries, I really truly would like to serve on one some day. I've been called for jury duty, sometimes it just wasn't convenient, young kids at home, self employment, etc. Got called this past August. I really wanted to serve, was hoping I would get on a jury, sequestered even. Spent three hours at the court house along with a room of fellow jurors. No cases were assigned to us and we were excused for the rest of our service until the next time we are called.
I would hope I would be a good juror, looking at the evidence, looking at the law, making a fair and honest decision.
I am glad God is a (more than) fair judge.
I deserve death.
I deserve condemnation.
He gave me life. He gave me forgiveness through Jesus.
God is truly the bestest of judges.
I'm glad when he judges, there is no jury.