We’ve seen many high-profile court cases and trials in South Africa the last few years – most recently the Oscar Pistorius trial that drew interest from all over the world.
The justice system in our country is pretty complex and sometimes I get confused between what’s considered “morally” correct and “legally” correct. You’d think I’d know more – my dad has been part of this justice system for almost three decades as a correctional official, or “warden” in layman’s terms. All this got me thinking…
Imagine you’ve been in a holding cell all night with no food, no water, and strange people all around you.
There’s a lot of tension and anger and frustration in this iron cage.
At the crack of dawn you’re transported to court. You’re clothed in bright orange, wearing not-so-flashy chains that bind your hands and feet.
You enter a quiet room. It smells like fresh paper and is decorated with wooden finishes. As you stand in the dock, someone hands a piece of paper to the judge. The judge stares at you directly.
“You have been charged with being a Christian,” his voice booms.
“How do you plead?”
So here’s the big question: If you were accused of being a Christian… would there be enough evidence to convict you?
After being asked this question recently, I was really challenged. My faith is not about being seen – but it’s about living it out every day and in everything I do. If you call yourself a person of faith, can others see it in you?