Why Is Jury My Duty?

Why Is Jury My Duty?

This morning I got up, dressed up, fought through traffic and was herded with seven hundred other people into a room where I was assigned a number. Yes. I got called for jury duty. Needless to say, I was not thrilled.

A judge led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance. Then he told all the reasons you could be exempt from jury duty. It was quite unnerving when he had all the felons stand up. About twenty guys shuffled out of the room. Then we waited. And waited.

I started thinking about all the stuff I needed to get done. This is going to be a really busy week. But instead of getting that stuff done I was sitting there, very inconvenienced, because some folks had broken the law. Their bad choices really put me out.

Isn’t it interesting how sin doesn’t just affect one person?

I thought about Jesus. When he got the call. He could have said no, but instead he decided not only to be part of the case – he decided to take my punishment when I was declared unequivocally guilty.

I guess I can get my attitude straight about this whole thing. I can carry the burden of my fellow human’s bad choices because Jesus did it for me.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
–Eph. 4:2

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. –Psalm 68:19