There have been so many courtroom TV shows over the years, even currently. Of course, you’ve got the old standard, Perry Mason and such classics as Matlock; LA Law; and today’s Law and Order. I’m sure there are many more, but those are just some of the names I remember. Then, you have the reality show courtroom dramas such as People’s Court; Judge Judy; and Judge Joe Brown. They are quite entertaining, but I’m not sure how realistic they are.
Typically, you have a case that can’t be won, handled by a lawyer that never loses, that ends with a courtroom victory for this fabulous lawyer. Justice prevails and all the world is right, at least until the next episode.
I have had the pleasure, or displeasure depending on your perspective, of being selected for Jury Duty on three different occasions. The first time I was selected, I was actually pretty excited. I just knew I was going to see some exciting courtroom drama. The lawyers were going to argue back and forth. Someone was going to get thrown out of the courtroom. Then, at the very end of the trial, one of the lawyers was going to surprise the courtroom with some newly found evidence that swayed the outcome of the case. Then, I would join all the other Jurors for deliberations that went on for days while the one lone Juror held out hoping to sway all of the rest of us to change our decisions. Just like on TV.
I was sadly disappointed when I never even got selected to be a Juror. Just endless waiting to be chosen, only to be sent home for another day.
As Christians, we’re charged with the responsibility to be the Light of the World. I suppose this could mean many things but, to me, it means that we should all lead our lives in a manner that would set an example for others. As we lead our lives with integrity and honor and Christian love, our testimony and example is what makes those that aren’t Christian want to be like us. We’re supposed to be different, not in an arrogant or “we’re better than everyone else” mode, but different in a humble and positive way so that others will be drawn to the Christian faith by our examples.
Sadly, I’ve not always been successful in doing this. I haven’t always set the example I needed to set. I’ve let others down when I could have done more. Probably, if we’re honest, we’ve all had times when we’ve not set the Christian example we should.
Imagine yourself on trial before an imaginary jury of your peers. You are charged with being a Christian. The question before the Jury is this: is there enough evidence presented to convict you of being a Christian? Or, will the Jury come back undecided and unable to determine that there is enough evidence?
Would you be convicted?