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If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead. – Proverbs 26:27
36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
37 Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch?”
Former Universal executive Josh Goldstine has won an approximately $20 million arbitration case against NBCUniversal. Via the Twitter venue of Me Too, he was wrongfully accused. There was no trial, he had no opportunity to defend himself. Based solely upon the accusation alone, he was dismissed from Universal Studios in 2018 for “inappropriate conduct.”
Goldstine was formally the marketing president at Universal. He was responsible for the promotion of such blockbusters as “Jurassic World,” and “The Mummy.” In February 2018, film division president Donna Langley and chairman Jeff Shell sent a memo to staff saying they had received complaints about Goldstine in early February that they found “credible and indicative of an unacceptable climate.” Three weeks later following an investigation, he was dismissed.
Goldstine was now “toxic” and unable to secure a job. He was by contract required to go through an arbitration process. In America, who would ever think that totally innocent people could be wrongfully accused, judged, and convicted, without being permitted to make any type of defense or being able to face their accusers? We would have thought that those times ceased with the passing of the days of the Old West and unjustified lynching. But those are the times in which we are living.
Imagine the total nightmare and embarrassment this was for Goldstine, his family, and friends. Now imagine it happening to you.
The presumption of innocence is one of the most sacred principles in the American criminal justice system. Simply speaking, it assumes that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. That is, the prosecution must prove that the accused is guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt, of the crime with which they are charged.
Our country has become a toxic place at many different levels. Traps and snares are set to catch us and ruin our lives. How many times has this already happened? Of course, there are many cases where the accusations are absolutely true. Vicious, controlling individuals have taken advantage and abused countless innocent, perhaps vulnerable, and helpless people.
But there is an odd but wonderful thing about the Father’s justice. He who digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him who starts it rolling (Proverbs 26:27).
REFLECT & PRAY
We are commanded by the Father God not to bear false witness. Malicious prosecution refers to a case that is filed without an adequate basis and for an improper purpose, such as harassing the defendant, ruining another person’s reputation, or knowingly placing blame on someone other than the actual wrongdoer.
Father I pray that going forward I will not be guilty of making false accusations of others or committing similar evil deeds myself. Father encourage me to be just, compassionate, merciful, forgiving, and slow to judge.
There is no question that much evil and harm have been done by people in authority to those that are under their supervision. Coercion by the powerful over the weak has been with us since the days of creation. But it seems that America has lost its way and all sense of probity.
What does the Mosaic law code say regarding crimes in general and sexual abuse in particular? The Mosaic law consists of specific commandments and instructions and also case law. Case law deals with particular from these cases we can derive general principles by which we are to be guided in matters not specifically covered.
Accusations regarding serious crimes were to be reported. But they were only to be acted upon if there was more than one witness. The minimum required is two or three witnesses. The matter was to be thoroughly investigated. Why? Because some witnesses are malicious and have hidden agendas.
If the accusation is proven to be correct, then the accused is punished. But if the accusation is proven to be incorrect, then the accuser receives the punishment due to the accused. And the accused goes free. Why? First, it would purge evil from the nation. Second, others will hear of it and think twice before maliciously, falsely accusing others.
15 You must not convict anyone of a crime on the testimony of only one witness. The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
16 If a malicious witness comes forward and accuses someone of a crime,
17 then both the accuser and accused must appear before the LORD by coming to the priests and judges in office at that time.
18 The judges must investigate the case thoroughly. If the accuser has brought false charges against his fellow Israelite,
19 you must impose on the accuser the sentence he intended for the other person. In this way, you will purge such evil from among you.
20 Then the rest of the people will hear about it and be afraid to do such an evil thing.
Suppose an accusation of rape is made. And it is determined that the accusation is correct. What happens? It depends upon the location. The assumption is that when a woman is taken forcibly and sexually abused, she will cry out. If she is in the city, she would be heard and rescued. But if she’s in the country, she would not be heard.
If the assault occurs in the city, it is assumed that the woman did not cry out and was a willing participant. They are both to be stoned to death.
If the assault occurs in the country, it is assumed that the woman did cry out. But no one was there to hear. The man will be considered guilty and stoned to death. The woman would go free.
23 Suppose a man meets a young woman, a virgin who is engaged to be married, and he has sexual intercourse with her. If this happens within a town,
24 you must take both of them to the gates of that town and stone them to death. The woman is guilty because she did not scream for help. The man must die because he violated another man’s wife. In this way, you will purge this evil from among you.
25 But if the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, then only the man must die.
26 Do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no crime worthy of death. She is as innocent as a murder victim.
27 Since the man raped her out in the country, it must be assumed that she screamed, but there was no one to rescue her.
And there is the specific instance of Tamar and Amnon. Amnon was one of David’s sons. Absalom was another of David’s sons and Tamar was his sister. Thus Amnon and Tamar were half brother and sister.
Amnon falls hopelessly in love with Tamar. He is so much in love that he is literally lovesick. Amnon had a very crafty cousin, Jonadab. Jonadab devises a very clever scheme that eventuates in Tamar winding up in Amnon’s bedroom. There he rapes her. But immediately his love turns to hate, and he runs her off. Tamar is doomed to live a life of disgrace never to be married because of what her half-brother did to her. When Absalom finds out about this, he bides his time and then has Amnon murdered. Absalom flees for his life (2 Samuel 13:1-29). The family is never the same again. Absalom becomes his father’s enemy.
Beware of hidden agendas. Make wise choices when falsely accused.
© Dr. H 2022