Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Abu Graib and Abortion

We seem to have mixed up in our minds the Constitution and the Word of God.

Under the law of the land a man is innocent until proven guilty. Since the majority of the population has not been proven guilty of anything we have come to the conclusion they are innocent people. They have not been charged, tried, nor convicted.

You cannot get anymore innocent than that!

There were two evil people mentioned in Matthew 27. Each of them had a direct hand in the crucifixion of Jesus. They were Judas and Pilate. They each said the word “innocent.”

Judas: “I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." Matthew 27:4—That was a true statement.

Pilate: “When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd.”I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!” Matthew 27:24—That was a false statement.

Here is a statement from the Apostle Paul.

“My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.” 1 Corinthians 4:4

Paul had a stricter view of innocence.

In this world there are guilty people and forgiven guilty people.

The hundreds who died in 9/11 were “innocent” in that they had not been charged nor convicted nor were they combatant soldiers. In the judgment of God they were guilty or forgiven but not “innocent.” An innocent person is a person who has not sinned. Who are they besides the Lord Jesus?

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