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Jury duty

Submitted: 9/10/2005
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Question: When the Word says not to judge people, does that refer to jury duty too?

Answer: When the Bible teaches against judging others, it is referring to the practice of condemning other people. This is different from judging (or evaluating) the behavior of people. Parents must judge the behavior of their children so they can correct them or punshing them if necessary. But if they are wise parents, they will never condemn their children.

When you serve on a jury, you are expected to consider evidence and make a determination as to whether or not a person did a certain act. You are judging the actions, not the person. If no one could judge the actions of anyone else, then anarchy would prevail throughout the world.

Please read John 7:24 and 1 Corinthians 5.