Jury Duty

I wish I could use that phrase without thinking of Pauly Shore. I’m here…had my cup of 200 degree coffee, waiting around to go into a courtroom. Probably 15-20 minutes she said…Interesting thing though…when I served in 2001, only a few people (4 at most) chose to “affirm” rather than to swear on a Bible. This time, only 3 chose to swear. Is America (or Forsyth county) getting convicted about swearing on the Bible? Do you guys have thoughts on it?

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  1. Jon says:

    I don’t take issue with “swearing on the Bible”.You have heard it said, Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord& Pharisaical teaching allowed for breaking of oaths not made to God. Jesus response is to the abuse of oaths (similar to his teaching towards the abuse of corban in Mark 7) Considering the context, Jesus is not banning all oath taking, and he actually commends its proper use. Jesus teaching is then to let words count in oaths; do not be deceivers.Whether one “affirms” on their own virtue (which is lacking) or “swears on the Bible”, an oath is still taken…so either way, if we read Jesus’ teaching as “don’t swear on stuff” we’re still in a pickle.

  2. Ben says:

    You know, neither Amanda nor myself have ever been summoned for jury duty.

  3. Scott says:

    When I had jury duty a couple of years ago, both of the cases were supposed to go for like 4 weeks. I told the judge that I couldn’t serve because I was a student and had exams coming up (which was true). He let me go. Another guy who was a self-employeed painter tried to plead personal hardship for lack of income but was denied. Pretty rough.

  4. But at least they pay you…maybe enough to cover some of the gas to get to the place.

  5. Josh Creason says:

    There are two kinds of people in this country…those who get called to jury duty and those who don’t. It seems like those who do, get to do it all the time, and those who don’t…well, they don’t.

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