Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent” July 29, 2010Posted by matthew5sixteen in Christianity.
Tags: Christianity, guilty, injustice, innocent, rape
The statement is controversial enough that I will need to summarize it. Paul Elam basically is suggesting that in the situation that a person finds themselves on a jury, and it concerns a particular type of crime, the person on the jury should vote not guilty no matter what the evidence suggests the truth may be. Paul Elam states that it is better for the guilty to go free than for another innocent person to be unjustly imprisoned.
This is a case of someone suggesting that one party does what is wrong because the other party has been doing what is wrong. I know the temptation to get revenge, I have given into it, myself, when I was younger. When you are tempted with this, remember, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19.)
It is true that there have been reports of innocent people going to jail or having their lives ruined because of false accusers. But this does not mean that it becomes acceptable to allow everyone, even the guilty, to go free because of the existence of false accusations. Especially considering that there have been recent reports of false accusers receiving prison sentences for their false accusations.
I have to be honest, I am not surprised by what Paul Elam says. I worry often that the injustices that some of us men have faced will turn all of us into bitter and angry individuals who will end up losing our very selves. It is something that I will need to pray about.
I leave you with these verses:
“Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent”—
peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.” (Proverbs 24:24.)
And, “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
the LORD detests them both.” (Proverbs 17:15.)