Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

November 18, 2010

Guilty, I Hope!

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Many people are familiar with a court room — at least via television!  Regardless of the scenario, it is the verdict that is the climax.  Innocent or guilty — the decision is rendered!  For the one on trial, there is  joy when they hear the verdict, “Innocent.”

I know something of such anticipation and the stress and burden as you wait for that verdict.  I spent two long years in court waiting for a verdict that  our Baptist association was not guilty of fraud.  I truly know something of the joy that comes when the decision is rendered, “Innocent.”  (

But can you imagine desiring a verdict of “guilty?’

Here is the scene.  Although a young man indicated his guilt, he insisted on a trial.  Unusual, yes, but to avoid any possible injustice, the trial was held.  One witness after another stated the guilt of the young man.  There was never any rebuttal to the testimony given by many witnesses.

The verdict was given.  “Guilty, on all counts!”  The uniqueness of this trial prompted the judge to address the young man.  “You have been found guilty . . . confirming your own confession.  Do you have anything to say?”

“Yes,” the young man replied.  “I am guilty . . . and I am thankful that I have been found guilty.  I apologize to the court for the time spent in confirming my guilt.”

“Why did you put this court through such a trial?” asked the judge.

“I just wanted to see if there really was enough evidence to convict me.”

Strange?  Yes, very strange and unusual.  It probably would never happen in today’s court system, but it does present an interesting thought.

If you were  arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?  As a believer, if you were being tried for your faith and walk with the Lord, would not you want to be found guilty?

What a travesty if I should be  tried for being committed to the Lord and living for Him, and my peers found me innocent!

“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord . . . .”  (2 Timothy 1:8)  “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him.”  (Philippians 1:29)  “However if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed but praise God that you bear his name.”  (1 Peter 4:16)



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