« on: June 26, 2004, 11:37:57 PM »
Ok I suppose a Christian ought to weigh in on this topic even though I'd rather not.
Issue: Are all lawyers going to hell?
Holding: no, all lawyers are not going to hell.
Analysis: To a Christian the Bible is like the casebook, statutes and executive commands all in one (i.e. the law). Why do people go to hell? Sin (Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.". What is sin? Well for the point of this discussion it's dicta, because of Romans 3:23 (For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God may differ slightly depending on translation) However, to help those who don't know (Ecclesiastes 12:13) "Fear God and keep his commands for this is the whole duty of man." If we don't Fear God and keep his commands then we sin. So great we say, we're all going to hell because we all have sinned. Well the answer is in Romans 10:9 "If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead then you will be saved." Once someone has done this they are a Christian (whether or not they are a lawyer).
So why then do these "Jesus Freaks" have so much against lawyers? Well there is a general feeling among the public that lawyers must lie to do their jobs or more specifically "bear false witness." (See Exodus 20:15 "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." They simple don't understand that lawyers don't (shouldn't) bear false witness that would be against the law. They may emphasize their clients strong points and down play their weaknesses (even do their best to keep them from being mentioned) but they dare not lie for fear of being disbarred. In fact, Romans 13:1-2 "Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves." Therefore lawyers representing their clients to the best of their ability are following the law (and therefore God).
It gets a bit sticky in this country because authority basically rests with the majority with laws made to protect minorities. It's especially sticky because the Bible is one looooong case and finding all the black letter law will never be done. However, a Christian should treat the Bible like a constitution, if the law of the land contradicts the Bible then you follow the Bible, if not you must follow the law of the land. (ok so this paragraph is mostly dicta).
Anyway, a lawyer can be a Christian; a Christian lawyer might represent Christians taken to court. Perhaps they have a "calling" to represent the poor or maybe they feel called to help influence the law of the land to a more Christian bend. Whatever the case may be there certainly are places for them to practice law as Christians.