Darrow, Clarence: (N) a lawyer and author of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he was known as the defense attorney in the Scopes trial.
There are two ways to err: (1) making a mistake because you’re being too cautious, and (2) the predicament in which your forward thinking causes you to be too radical.
Let us take a historical journey to consider both.
How often have people from our past been wrong because they followed the party line or continued to promote old ideas that were desperately in need of revision?
And how often were some found guilty of being too progressive or too open-minded?
Seriously—think about it.
The man most religious people follow as being the Savior of the world was declared guilty and crucified for sedition.
What is the definition of sedition? It is conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against authority.
So who, really, was Jesus? Was he a religious icon, martyred for the sins of the world? Or did he come to rebel against the religious tyranny which left people ignorant and was brutally judgmental?
In Tennessee there was a court case which has become known as “the Scopes trial.” A science teacher in a high school was arrested and charged with teaching evolution in his classroom. This was forbidden.
Two attorneys showed up for the confrontation:
- William Jennings Bryan, who was a Biblical scholar and aspiring politician.
- And Clarence Darrow, an East Coast attorney who was always looking for a case to challenge the hypocrisies he felt existed in the law.
If you lived in Dayton, Tennessee, at the time of the trial, you would have been convinced that Attorney Bryan was representing the will of God, making a stand against a satanic effort to steal Creation from our Maker, placing it with the evolving monkeys. But if you live today, you are fully aware that William Jennings Bryan was misled and ended up ignorant—on the wrong side of history.
Clarence Darrow, ridiculed by the hometown folks, is now deemed, in our times, to be a hero.
Nothing good happens when people are aware of injustice and remain silent.
But we always must remember:
To be a saint in the future, you must be prepared to be considered a sinner in the present.