Over the last 23 years, more than 2000 inmates have been exonerated after being falsely accused of a crime. Unfortunately, these individuals spent more than 10,000 years combined before the truth set them free. This time away from family, friends and void of freedom can never be returned. Yet, this statistic serves as a remainder to never make accusations without reason.
Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm, Proverbs 3:30.
Exaggerations, lies and untruths are nothing new. Perhaps, Solomon came to the conclusion that the sinful nature serves as a defense mechanism. Whenever accusations, blame or indictments come your way, human nature’s first reply is usually “I didn’t do it!” Nonetheless, DNA tests, lie detectors and modern scientific devices have been created to prevent further injustices from occurring.
When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers, Proverbs 21:15.
Following their exoneration of rape charges, Duke Lacrosse players David Evans, Reade Seligmann, and Collin Finnerty have joined the Innocence Project. This organization files appeals on behalf of individuals wrongfully punished for crimes they never committed. When an innocent poor person can’t afford a good defense team, this group and others like it fight for the little guy. May this blog inspire you to defend and stand up for those falsely accused in your spheres of influence.
by Jay Mankus