Juror #21 – Long Week

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For the past week I was juror #21. My wife Debra said she was eager for my jury duty to come to an end because I was a little cranky. Sitting in judgment on someone is a serious task.

Sometimes we hear that as Christians we are not supposed to judge. Our task is not to condemn people. We don’t know what God is going to do with someone even in the last moments of their lives. But our task to judge and discern between right and wrong, good and evil. Not only a Christians, but also simply as human beings in soceity trying to limit the amount of damage people do to others.

The beginning of judgment is confession. Confessing we did something wrong. The man who was defendant in our courtroom pled not guilty. The jury struggled with that assessment.

When we refuse to admit our guilt before God, we are judged. We feel the weight of rebelling against God whether we recognize it consciously or not. The consequences of rebelling against God seep out in our life whether we see it or not.

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.  (Psalm 32:3–4)

The good news is that the LORD is already to forgive and restore us if we will simply confess our sin. When we acknowledge our sin and do not try to cover and conceal our rebellion, we find forgiveness (Ps 32:5). Instead of being a stubborn mule who won’t admit when they are young, we are encouraged to take God’s guidance. Even more we are encouraged to see his unfailing love that surrounds us when we trust the LORD enough to confess our sins.

   Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.    (Psalm 32:1–2)

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