One of the questions that many children of God regularly ask me is whether practicing as a lawyer as a professional activity is compatible with the life of a child of God. The people who ask me this question know that I am a lawyer by profession and that I sometimes defend people who have broken the law.

I start by making them understand that the word lawyer does not mean “liar.” Lawyers are called “auxiliaries of justice.” This means that lawyers contribute to the judicial system so that the truth in each case is known and that the judge makes the right decision based on this truth. This means that a lying lawyer becomes an enemy of justice. Once unmasked, they will be removed from the system forever.

I then explain to my interlocutors that Jesus is the advocate of sinners and that he too does not lie when defending sinners before the Father. Both the earthly lawyer and our heavenly advocate ask for the judge’s clemency or mercy, relying on mitigating circumstances and the accused’s ability to change and become a better person. I conclude by telling them that even when an entire people commits the most atrocious abominations that provoke His anger, God always hopes there will be at least one person willing to defend the people so that the judgment that should fall upon them is avoided.

The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice. I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 22:29-31

God shows us that despite the offenses, misdemeanors, and crimes that people may commit, He always wants someone to stand as an advocate to plead their cause. God wants someone to ask for forgiveness for this sinner while pleading for mercy. God wants this person to have a lawyer who will ensure their defense. What is unfortunate is that just as God could not find an advocate to stand in the gap for the people in Ezekiel 22, even today God struggles to find people ready to defend the cause of those who have made mistakes.

Instead of being quick to judge, let us be quick to defend because by doing so, we will truly be serving God’s interests as He causes His sun to rise on the good and the evil and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous…

This text is an excerpt from the book “STOP JUDGING TO SUCCEED BETTER” written by Dominique MBOG.

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