As a soon to-to-be law student, I am wrestling through what a God honoring attorney would and should look like. I’ve had many chuckle at the idea, especially at the idea of being a prosecutor who honors Jesus in the workplace, and even suggestions that being a prosecutor and a Jesus follower are mutually exclusive. However, I find this rather disagreeable as Christians are called to stand for justice.
Yet at the same time, I am struggling with the nature of being a prosecutor and its compatibility with the heart of Jesus. Throughout the New Testament, there are calls to revere Jesus as the ultimate judge who will execute justice for all, in total when he returns. There are also explicit commands that instruct us not to pass judgement.
While I whole-heartedly believe and rejoice in this, is not our duty as Christ followers to be active in seeing the Kingdom of Heaven realized on earth? As such, justice is an inherent component of the Kingdom. My question, then, is that of perspective; is it my place, or any other person’s for that matter, to put themselves in the position of going after someone in the wrong and fighting for their punishment and an earthly execution of justice?
Or, could being a prosecutor be a God-honoring position? Could it really, have everything to do with perspective and attitude? When I imagine myself prosecuting a case of child trafficking for instance, I find no pleasure in sentencing the perpetrator to 30+ years in prison as he is a fellow human being and clearly held captive by sin. Yet at the same time, would it not be wrong to be complacent in not fighting for the destruction of an insidious criminal system?
In any case, win or lose, is a knowledge and a conviction that Jesus is the ultimate judge who will carry out justice in the end as well as a commitment to maintaining a heart for the one being accused an acceptable attitude going forward as a prosecutor?
Is pursuing a career as a criminal prosecutor setting oneself up for a displeasing life in the eyes of God?
Would appreciate takes!