Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #60 Innocent…


There was a doctor who with his team traveled within his own country helping folks get better, speaking publicly about the cause for the poor and marginalized, leading an exemplary life in every way, yet, because of what he said he stirred up negative sentiment. There was such vicious hatred of the man and his work that he was targeted with lies, innuendo, betrayal, and sabotage. He was being vilified and tried in the court of public opinion and found guilty of charges that were complete fabrications. Finally, after one of his speeches he was arrested and put on trial. The local courts gave up jurisdiction but turned him over to the super-power that was occupying the country. The governor of the occupying forces in that territory tried him in a mock trial, let him be accused of sedition and treason, and summarily had him executed to put an end to the uprising he was accused of causing. His name has become well known ever since the execution, Jesus of Nazareth. He was found guilty even though proven innocent.


Our country which was founded on the principal of, Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat, a latin phrase that means, “innocent until proven guilty,” has clearly lost this message of truth. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 11, states: “Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which they have had all the guarantees necessary for their defense.” Yet, we see this subverted every day by people who would choose their personal opinion about an individual’s guilt or innocence over facts and truth. I see this played out in our local news where a school board is pressured to find guilt before a verdict is rendered. It happens every day in cities around the world.


Isaiah 50:6 in a foreshadowing of the willing sacrifice of Jesus wrote, “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.” Can humanity learn? I do wonder at times at our very existence and marvel at the patience of our Creator. Remember today that our Creator has a purpose for you and gives meaning to your life. Find hope not in flawed human viscousness but in the things that give meaning and add to truthful discourse, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Be Well


About Denny Meyer

I've been a pastor, spiritual director, and spiritual coach and worked with thousands of people over the years. You can find the life the Creator intended for you. Contact me if you want to find out more.
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One Response to Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #60 Innocent…

  1. nourish01 says:

    Spirituality, spiritual development and well being will mean different things to different people. Hardly people would get into the depth or know about these terms in details. Unless there is a professional spiritual coach to teach and guide, people would barely take interest in learning the facts and its effects on human mind.

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