There were over 977 specific charges filed and he pled “guilty” to all. The verdict was inevitable!
Today in public court a verdict was handed down. A man who committed horrendous crimes against three young women in Ohio was finally brought to justice. He was not sentenced to death, but to life plus 1000 years without any possibility of parole. He told the judge that he was guilty of all charges but not a monster. He believed he was just “sick” and could not help himself. Yet he had other relationships that appeared normal and no one even suspected his deviant behavior all this time. He had even been entrusted as a school bus driver and went to church regularly. What’s wrong with this picture?
As the TV pundits discussed the case in its aftermath, I found it interesting that the same folks who usually want leniency were calling for the death penalty. The discussion then shifted to all the money the State was saving by not seeking death even though it would have to support the man for the rest of his life in prison. There was some talk about whether or not this perpetrator was mentally competent to stand trial at all … and the discussion went on and on. What is justice and how do we get it?
The search for justice is an elusive quest and when we get it, no one seems satisfied with the final outcome. On his own, man is not capable of achieving justice; we must seek a wiser and higher power if we ever hope to have it. God warns that true justice is coming for each of us some day and it will be unavoidable… or is it?
God also tells us that we have a chance for mercy now before the verdict is final. Do you want justice or mercy? Justice is unbending. We all need mercy, not justice, because we are guilty and the punishment is too great for any of us to bear. 1000 years in jail is nothing compared to eternity in Hell. All our “good” work like going to church or driving a school bus will not make any difference in God’s court if we have rejected Christ. But if we have put our trust in Christ’s promise to cover our sin with his perfection, we will find mercy. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) But “whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13). We are all guilty but we can be safe if we will throw ourselves on the mercy of God. Act now, before the gavel falls and the final verdict is given. Justice or mercy; the choice is yours!