Coprosecutor: (n) one of two or more joint prosecutors.
“And God will judge the quick and the dead.”
The quick, in this case, refers to the living, even though it does not apply around my house.
Most of us are pretty certain that if there is a God, that He’s will be The Judge. Matter of fact, even with people who are extraordinarily bigoted, if you bring up “judge not lest ye be judged,” they will never respond by saying, “Screw God. Listen to me. The Old Man’s too easy.”
But even though we do not think of ourselves as judges, we do feel it is our job, mission and righteous goal to be prosecutors—and even join in with others, becoming coprosecutors of evil deeds, cross-examining folks and far-fetched ideas.
Yes, we think God is very impressed when we arrive in court in our suit of self-righteousness and begin to rail against defendants who we have determined need to be brought before the bar for judgement.
We feel this authority because we’re following a Book—a Book of laws and regulations. So even though we, ourselves, break some of these statues from the Holy Book, we still will doll up for the occasion and present a viral case against the guilty.
The goal? Make them look so bad that the Judge would have to agree, that if He is to follow His own laws, they must be punished.
After all, the problem is not that human beings judge each other. None of us have the power to enact lasting judgment on one another. The problem is that we’re all just a bunch of goddamn coprosecutors, who feel noble about exposing the sins and vulnerabilities of others.
Perhaps it’s why we all hate lawyers.
It certainly is why, when a lawyer is caught with his pants down—or his suitcoat off—we all rejoice and giggle.
So what do you think any good Earthly judge will do if the prosecution is bent toward the hell of punishing all wayward souls?
As there is mercy in the court of justice in our country, the same mercy exists in the heavens.
As extenuating circumstances are taken into consideration with any prosecution, so shall it be at the Great Judgment Day.
And as a judge, for no particular reason, on a whim, decides to take a chance on someone who is truly repentant, so the Great Judge will one day baffle us by granting grace beyond measure and understanding, to offenders.
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