I just spend today, December 4th, at the courthouse in Parker. No I wasn’t on trial – they keep missing me! But I was in a big room with a slowly shrinking number of people selecting a jury.
I kept thinking of an old quote so checked it out tonight:
The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.
Variation on a traditional proverb, appeared in various forms over the millennia. Traditionally refers to gods or (later) Christian God rather than justice. Early recorded form of sentiment by Euripides circa 405 BC The Bacchae, line 882, translated as: “Slow but sure moves the might of the gods.”
My personal rewrite of it would be this: “The wheels of justice turn slowly, really, really slowly & keep repeating themselves until your mind is ground into a fine powder.”
Yeah – I know not so catchy but oh so true.
What really got my attention was all the detail and minutia that the lawyers and judge dealt with over and over again. It slowed everything down and nearly drove me crazy. I know why they do it. Both to ensure a just outcome and to find every advantage possible.
It still drove me crazy.
It also made me exceedingly grateful that I don’t have to do that every day. I would go out of my mind if I did.
But I think that’s what a lot of people think I, and other Pastors, do. We are often viewed as little “religious lawyers” who pick away at the Bible to fine new ways to make people either conform or be miserable.
Happily I can assure that’s not true of most of us. I’m always looking to know more about God, and to know God better, so that I can share the grace of love of Jesus with everyone.
I thank God Jesus died on the cross to set us free from that kind of legalism! That doesn’t mean he still doesn’t have standards, or that I don’t confront people about their sin and dysfunction (I’ve got a couple of those awful conversations coming soon I fear).
Bur even those are done in love. Because standing on the truth always sets people free. Living in the darkness of denial never has a good ending.
So I’m done with that for now and O so grateful to be living in Grace and not Law!