Summary: What’s the verdict in your life?
Over the years we have seen a lot of celebrities accused of numerous various crimes but often acquitted because of a technicality or hung juries. Often the public knew these people were guilty wanting to truly hang the juries while others declared them innocent. It is doubtful that we will ever know the full truth in this life.
It is good that you have to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt or else the jails would be far fuller than they are now with innocent people though some guilty parties do manage to escape. There are so many laws on the books that it is really possible that there is not a day that goes by that some law abiding citizen does not break a law he has never heard of or one that is antiquated but never taken off the books.
In the case of the antiquated ones if someone were accused of the crime he would surely be acquitted though clearly guilty. It was once rare for a person known to be guilty to be acquitted but with that state of our culture it is becoming more common place. Normally, you have to have money for that to happen though because of loose interpretations of laws and judges litigating from the bench others have unjustly gotten their get out of jail free card.
Most of us have been accused of things we did not do and have done things that we were never accused of though we were guilty. Growing up, I had a lot of that happen. Once I got a reputation as being the bad boy in town it did not matter if I had done the deed or not. Thus it got to be a balancing act. I figured if I did a few things and got away with them it made up for some of the things I was accused and punished for that I did not do. If I was going to have to bear the constant blame and shame I ought to win the game.
Even as adults we will be blamed for things if we are the new guy on the job or the guy who just left a job. Isn’t it amazing that none of the old crew ever makes a mistake unless they retire? Your name is never more famous in a work area as at those two points in your career. Being blamed is no fun. If it happens a lot it gets old really fast and you consider job or church changes. What you may not know is that if you are a Christian you are accused day and night every day of your life.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (KJV)
As we see here our adversary the devil has a prosecuting fit daily. He knows he is condemned and he cannot stand that lesser creations of God can be called the sons of God when they are so fallible and gullible falling for his deceits daily. I am sure that the devil can spend many hours just calling off my list of indictments before the Judge. He is demanding the death penalty and for me to be cast into the Hell he knows he someday will inhabit.
Brethren, if he were to succeed as a prosecuting attorney our futures would be very bleak indeed. We are not being accused of things we are not guilty of but rather things we are clearly guilty of in thought, word, deed be it by commission or omission. He has the goods on us. The evidence is airtight! There is video and audio abounding. We are undone.
I am not much for rote repetitive prayers, but the old office of Compline is an end of day prayer.
"I confess to almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and before all the company of Heaven, that I have sinned, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, my own grievous fault; wherefore I pray, almighty God, to have mercy upon me, to forgive all my sins, and to make clean my heart within me."
Brethren that calls the roll and says it all!! It makes you accept accountability and responsibility. There are enough witnesses for the prosecution to choke a blue whale and then some! There is only one witness for the defense! Or so it seems!