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Daily Devotional: “The Jury Is Still Out”

Judge banging gavel in court

Americans have an infatuation with police shows, crime antics, and mysteries.  On an average night in America, the television line-up of shows reveals dozens of episodes that involve police, crime stories, unsolved mysteries, and the like.  It is really easy to get caught into the story line as it unfolds, only to be left without a clear answer at the end of the show.

The writers, producers, and actors invite you to come back and watch the show next week. Many of these shows that involve courtrooms, judges, and juries, generally end up with a clear choice of guilt or innocence by the jury.  But then there are those rare occasions where the jury deliberates for extended periods of time, leaving everyone simply waiting to see the end result of the case.

Similarly, our spiritual lives have a case that is pending and the jury is still out.  The crimes that we’ve been charged with are misdemeanor excessive talking, aggravated gossip, felony lying, and other mitigating charges involving our mouths.  The jury is still unclear of how to really deliberate on these charges because they are more subtle than any white collar crime, more destructive than any Ponzi scheme, and more hazardous than any chemical agent ever created.

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article courtesy of Christopher J Harris