Miranda's Silence and the Inescapable Truth


miranda_photoIn 1966 the Supreme Court decided that you have the right to remain silent. In a case against Ernesto Miranda, it was determined that the accused should not be required to speak when being questioned by police. This Miranda law allows individuals under arrest to be informed of their rights as American citizens and thus preserves a presumption of innocence over guiltBut Miranda was guilty and, after a retrial, was sentenced to 20 - 30 years in prison.  Silence does not create innocence and the permanence of truth can not be revoked. 

Sometimes we try to trick ourselves. We deny self-held attitudes and behaviors in order to create a more palatable version of who we are. But the bitter truth of our character cannot be spat out. Ignorance is bliss until it isn't; you can only believe a lie until its true nature is exposed. The truth always comes out and you are better to believe it sooner than later.

Ignorance is bliss until it isn't.

James reminds us that we should, "Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,  because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.  Mercy triumphs over judgment (2:13-14)." You will be held responsible for your choices. There is a judge who will not take purchase of your false self, your Miranda. Remaining silent temporarily hides your guilt but permanently conceals the path towards mercy. Mercy always wins, but only for those who embraces the law that gives freedom. This is the inescapable truth: you are guilty until proven innocent.

Study the law and discover the one who may pardon you from your crime. 

Brent ColbyComment