We have been accused on many occasions that we defend the alleged offender over the victim in many sexual crimes that have been committed. But let’s make this one point upfront so it is not lost in the content.
The Christian is not here to defend the victim, nor are they to do so blindly. They are here to make sure that God’s justice is done and that the truth is known. If this means that the offender is defended against injustice, so be it.
If it means the victim is defended from an unjust system or corrupt officials, then again, so be it. The Christian is to take God’s side and not let the unbelieving world influence them into doing what the unbeliever wants.
The unbeliever has no clue as to what real justice is as they are the ones that are deceived and blinded by evil. It is up to the Christian to show what true justice is, even when that goes against what the majority wants to see take place.
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.Proverbs 21:15
Unjust trials, accusations, and judgments only empower the evildoer and do nothing to stop their actions. The Christian is to be concerned that any proceedings, verdicts, and punishment are just so that the offender can be led to repentance.
In this day and age, many nations too quickly take the side of the victim. They do so blindly and that is wrong. Emotions are high and cloud the issue as does the age and gender of the alleged victim. Justice is rarely done in these instances.
When we wrote about the Ravi Zacharias case recently, one issue came up that we and no one else had thought of. maybe it was because too many people rushed to a guilty as charged judgment, while we and others rushed to defend the man.
We are not saying that this actually took place but it is a possibility. Because so many people assumed and leapt to conclusions regarding the faulty evidence brought against Mr. Zacharias, this option was overlooked.
It is possible that Mr. Zacharias’ enemies conspired to create a situation that would destroy the man and his ministry. It is difficult to prove this possibility as much of the evidence is now tainted and used towards the current scenario.
It would take a confession to get anyone to give this possibility any credibility and open up an investigation. This is the problem with demanding that people and Christians blindly believe and defend the victim. the truth gets lost, injustice is done and almost everyone is happy as there was a smooth resolution to the case.
That is everyone other than the innocent person, his or her family, and their friends. We cannot afford to throw the rules of evidence or of law out the window just to get ‘justice’ for the victim.
All that does is bring the legal system down to an approved kangaroo court and vigilante justice. Those two items were wrong in the old west, and they are still wrong today.
We are supposed to have progressed beyond such travesties but they are alive and well in abuse and sexual crimes cases. One reason we are against murder trials and convictions when a body hasn’t been produced or found is that circumstantial evidence can be manipulated very easily.
We know this even from our archaeological work. Mute artifacts are often twisted into saying something the discoverer wants to be said not what the artifact, etc., really represents.
This attitude takes place in murder trials, abuse trials, and sexual assault trials. Prosecutors and defense attorneys twist the facts so that they say what will benefit their purpose most.
This point is supported by the existence of the Innocence Project as well as many similar Christian organizations, who every year get innocent people freed from prison after being falsely accused and convicted.
No, we do not blindly defend the victim. We want the truth and God’s justice to prevail so these crimes will stop forever. Injustice and lies are just adding more crimes to the circumstances.
“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness. “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd…“Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. (Exodus 23:1,2 & 6)
When you blindly defend the victim, you are disobeying God.
Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.“ Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.(Exodus 23:7-8)
The innocent also sits in the accused’s chair in the courtroom. They are not only found in the victim’s side of the courtroom. This is why we need to investigate all angles and not just jump on the popular bandwagon and throw people under the bus based on the mere words of a supposed victim.
Victims lie, they do not fully remember the incident or who attacked them, and so on. This statement is supported by the miscarriage of justice in the Yale lacrosse team’s case championed by Nancy Grace. Innocent people are not to be found guilty based on false reports.
An honest examination must be made and in our modern world, honest examinations have been replaced by getting the case over with as soon as possible.
We are not saying plea bargains are wrong. We are saying that they and other pre-trial investigations need to be done carefully so that the innocent are not sent to prison. If that means proving the victims lied, were wrong, or part of an attack on a beloved spiritual leader, then so be it.
The victim is not innocent just because they claim to be a victim. They have to be honest about their role in the event as well as provide credible & verifiable evidence that an actual crime took place.
God’s word is very clear on what needs to be done in the many courtrooms of the world:
When people have a dispute, they are to take it to court and the judges will decide the case, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty.(Deut. 25:1)
That verse applies to the victim as well. if they are guilty of lying, misrepresenting facts and so on they must be condemned. The innocent accused must be set free.
Anything else is disobeying God. if the accused is guilty then they should be sent to prison under a just sentence. In the case of Mr. Cosby, he may have had many accusers but not one provided any evidence that a crime took place. Nor did they have a second witness to the crime.
We will defend him as well as justice was not done in his case. Justice is not gathering a bunch of hearsay testimony and calling it evidence. If we are to be honest, then we must follow all the rules of evidence, etc. not just the ones we want to follow.
Those rules include God’s rules and the truth must be found first:
The king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?” 1 Kings 22:16
The judge and the jury may not be the ing but they need to hear the truth. not your truth, his truth, or her truth, those do not exist. What must be told in court is the truth and there is only one.
We cannot defend alleged victims when they do not tell the truth nor have any real evidence backing up their stories. Many times., like the Ravi Zacharias case. the truth and the facts are twisted to fit the scenario wanted.
We cannot allow that to happen. We will say that while you are praying for your pastors, the president, government officials, that you pray for the judges and all involved in the different court cases that justice is done no matter where it falls/
Also, that the truth is known quickly so innocent people are not harmed or sent to prison for crimes they did not commit. Christians are not here to defend victims as sometimes the victim is the accused.
We defend true justice and demand that the truth be told. Then we show mercy where mercy is warranted. Even if it makes alleged victims and their families angry. No one wins when justice is not done and the truth is hidden.