Wednesday, July 14

This is a lot harder than it looked.

One of my co-workers is out for jury duty this week (she got picked and the case appears to be substantive). I don't know anything about the trial in specific (which is just fine, thankyouverymuch) but her selection has caused others at work to talk about the whole jury thing. One comment which was made went something like this....

"Do you know, there was one woman who said she couldn't be on a jury. Something about being against her religion *snorts derisively* How can that be?"

I had to bite my tongue to prevent the instant rebuttal :

"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. " (Matthew 7:1-2)

Of course, that started me to thinking. If I was called for jury duty, what would I do? Would I do my civic duty or would I say that I cannot. Could I, in good conscience, do either of those? Mayhap Lady Justice is blind because of a log in one eye and a speck in the other.

Who am I to play optometrist?

Who are any of us?


  1. I had never even considered this until now. I do wonder: what would I do?

  2. Thanks for the comment, Thom.

    I talked with my Crone about this last night and she pointed out that we can bring the loving person of Christ, who did condemn people, into the courtroom by participating in the jury process.

    That doesn't make the answer easier, but it's a further perspective.

  3. It's a hard balance to find between the temporal and real Kingdom.

  4. Amen to that.

    Thankfully, we have friends (both visible and invisible) to help us suss it all out.

    Trying to figure things out by ourselves is horridly difficult.