Confession: I would have had fun saying yes. But I said no.
What an opportunity it would have been to enter another world, to learn and discover, to gain power and experience, to meet new people and ask hundreds of questions. But I said no.
I would not have liked the immersion into human pain and brokenness. Yet I don’t want to hold back out of fear, protecting myself in an ivory tower. I want to move with courage into the world, to engage, to catch hold, to say yes. But I said no.
September 24, 2012
Dear Ms. Williams,
I recently received a jury summons from your office, and am replying to this.
I truly appreciate my national and local government, and am grateful for the many benefits of living in a land where justice is valued. I try to be a law-abiding citizen and contribute to my community.
I also have faith in Jesus, and live as a nonresistant Mennonite. I believe that the teachings of Jesus prohibit me from taking an active role in government. I believe that as He did, His people may overcome evil through suffering love, not through force or legislation. I cannot in good conscience stand in judgment of another human, and I would respectfully ask to be exempt from jury duty.
Do you think it a valid premise? Ryan helped me know what to write, but I believe in it too. I don’t think the answer to human pain and unhappiness lies in government. I think it springs from within, when Spirit sparks spirit and all is made new.
When my hand reaches out—to rescue, to chastise, to bind up, to tear down—I wish it to be powered by the blood of Jesus, not the muscle of Uncle Sam.
What would you have said?