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The search for Justice

I lost my case, yet justice was served.

Recently the governor of Illinois made national headlines by suspending all capital punishment in his state. He was shocked at the high number of death row cases the Illinois courts had overturned as fundamentally flawed. Many people are questioning the legal system and its ability to deliver justice—including those charged with making the system work, from police officers to judges, from defense attorneys to probation officers. Yet the apparent conflict between law and justice is not new. Two thousand years ago, Pontius Pilate struggled with the same conflict.

Now, there's a name I've grown familiar with. Every Easter the role of Pontius Pilate falls to me. At that time, our community's ministerial alliance puts on a benefit play. They ask me to be Pilate. I waver until I consider what I could learn about and from the man. He had an important political and legal role to play in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Pilate struggled with the conflict between justice and the requirements of Roman law.

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JUSTICE SERVED
July 31, 2000
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