RUSH TO JUDGMENT
No matter what the case is, people have a tendency, to rush to judgment.
Someone is indicted and that person is considered guilty. Many have rushed to judgment without knowing all of the facts.
And if you watch the media frenzy during and after on a particular trial, you may wonder what really happened. Naturally the major news media has (expert) lawyers and former (expert) judges giving their opinions, and it is all about how to spin this news of a terrible event.
I can’t afford to rush to judgment. After dealing with the incarcerated for more than 30 years, I know that we don’t always have all of the facts. I hear all kinds of comments made about prisoners, and this usually comes from someone who has never worked with offenders or ex-offenders. Critics usually haven’t anything else to do but offer criticism.
My concern is that we have become a nation that is so media-driven that many will believe anything that is reported. The late Paul Harvey on one occasion made a profound statement on his daily broadcast. He said, “We haven’t always told you the truth.” Paul Harvey was an honest man.
As one of my dear friends often says, “We live in a crazy old world.”
So what are Christian people to do?
We should remember the trial of Jesus. Talk about fake news and made-up testimony! Those very religious people were bent on killing Him no matter what. And they did! Never mind that the Romans carried out the execution—the religious leaders were the ones calling the shots.
Consider what Jesus said in Matthew 7:1, 2 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)
And then consider John 7:24 when Jesus said, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment." (NIV)