Arrested! Spiritual Miranda Rights

You have the right to remain silent.

I’m more partial to the right to bear arms, or the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Back in the day I wanted to “Fight. For my right. To Paaarrrrtay.” But stay silent? I’m just too smart and savvy not to share my wit with the world.  I could sit idly by and not say a word. That’s what the District Attorney wants. I am not sure if we should though. We are encouraged numerous times in the Bible to “go and tell”. Tell about what? The Gospel, of course, but if we won’t shut our traps about that then the DA flips on us and encourages us to fill every silent second with sound.

Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Anything? Did you say anything? So, in the course of my “sharing” of the gospel if I also give a few freelance, Biblically-based tips and hints on how to live a proper Christian life, they can be used to prosecute me; even if this sage advice is solidly based in segmented scripture and the infallible study of the finest scholars on the internet? What about when I am not employing a Jesus Juke or tossing evangelism bombs? Will the things I say be transcribed for later use? I am sorry to say “Yessiree.” It does say anything. The truth is, we are advised to hold every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. A tall order to be sure, especially if we don’t want to take our right to silence. All that unbridled blabbing will surely conjure up a world of unrestricted day dreams…I’m guessing, of course.

You have the right to have an attorney present now and during any future questioning.

Every day we are in what the legal types call discovery. Our lives are being scrutinized and the prosecutor is taking notes. Oh sure, the final deliberations have not taken place yet but sooner or later we are served a subpoena and learn we are being indicted. At this point we will discover that the accuser is saying some pretty nasty stuff about us. In fact, he has been intent on poisoning the Judge against us day and night all our lives.

Things get tricky here. Foolishly, we decide to represent ourselves. We ignore the old saying, “A man that represents himself has a fool for a client” and press on.  After reviewing the evidence we find that there is no defense. Why? Because we, in fact, did itThird, the bylaws of the court state that there is a fee for presenting a case in front of the Judge and we are broke. The good news is that we have time before the trial to craigslist and Ebay some junk to generate some funds. The bad news is that no matter what you sell you can’t pay the price.

 If you cannot afford an attorney, one w`ill be appointed to you free of charge if you wish.

Your case number could be selected at any moment and you can’t secure your place in court. The only real choice is to throw yourself on the mercy of the court. You need a lawyer and a good one at that; one that can find a way around admitting all of the damning evidence against you. The Judge, in accordance with the Standards of the court, provides such an Advocate at no cost to you. It turns out this attorney works Pro Bono.

Are you making full use of your Rights? Do you talk too much? Is it hard to “hold every thought captive?”

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