In 2018 Bill Cosby was convicted and jailed for sexual assault. Last week that conviction was thrown out.
When released from jail, Cosby appeared before the media with a spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, who said of the decision: "What we saw today was justice - justice for all Americans."
But I wonder whether many of us consider Cosby's release a display of justice.
It turns out Cosby's release did not come down to a question of his guilt or innocence. Instead, during a 2005 civil case, Cosby had been promised that any evidence he gave would not be used to mount a criminal case against him. Evidence which included admissions such as the following:
Troiani: When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?
Yet despite such a clear admission the criminal conviction was thrown out on the basis of a promise made by a prosecutor in a 2005 civil case. Personally, I fail to see how justice has been done in this case.
Ask yourself. If you had been wronged, how would you feel if that evidence were thrown because one lawyer made a promise that clear evidence could never be used against the offender? I would feel like one injustice has been compounded with another.
As a Christian I feel incredible comfort in knowing that the justice of God is better than what we see so often with our human justice systems.
The Bible's picture of God's justice is one in which God sets everything right.
This will involve God removing everything from his creation which is not as it should be. It will be a world in which all that is evil and corrupt will be removed, and in which truth and justice will reign.
Yet this justice does have a confronting edge because it involves God holding every evil act to account.
Christ knows the truth of what Bill Cosby has or hasn't done. Nothing is hidden from God's eyes and one day Cosby will have to stand before God and give an account. There will be no legal technicalities for him to hide behind. Cosby will receive what is due for whatever he has done.
Yet what is true for people like Cosby, is true for all of us. As the Apostle Paul tells us "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad"
I've not done anything so serious as what Bill Cosby has been accused of. Very few of us have! But an honest look at my life would tell me that I am far from perfect.
If God is going to remove all that is corrupt or evil from this world then an honest look at my life tells me that I am going to get caught up in that!
Thankfully God offers all of us hope in Jesus. For Jesus died in my place.
On the cross he received what was due us for the things done while in the body. And because he has done that my great hope is that when I stand before God I will be forgiven.
The removal of evil will not mean for me my removal from God's renewed world of truth and justice.
Rather it will mean that God will renew me, removing all that is corrupt in me, and refreshing my very being to perfectly live according to what is true and just.
I personally can't wait to enjoy this renewed world.
But this hope is also held out to each one of us if we simply turn to Jesus in faith.
In a world of corruption and injustice, do you know the hope Jesus offers?
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