Biblical Worldview and Criminal Justice
When I initially read the topic of this essay, I wasn’t too sure what I was going to write about. I had never really taken the time to think about how my major and Christianity connected with each other. As I’m sitting here thinking of it now, Christianity and criminal justice connect perfectly. The bible and criminal justice system go hand in hand. There are many different aspects of the criminal justice system that stem straight from the bible itself.
One example of how Christianity and criminal justice is connected is by law and consequence. Both Christianity and the judicial system have laws that a person has to abide by. If those rules are broken, consequences will follow. As a criminal justice major, my ultimate goal after I complete my degree is to become a police officer. Working as a ...view middle of the document...
When it comes to Christianity, there are also laws that He created. If Christians don’t follow these laws, they’re subject to untold consequences.
Another example of how Christianity and criminal justice connect is by the characteristic of honesty. The bible teaches us that the truth will set you free. When it comes to the criminal justice system, being truthful and honest could very much make or break a person’s situation. If a person tells the truth, police officers are usually more inclined to “take it easy” on the person. When I become a police officer, this will be a definite tactic that I will use to help get the truth out of people. Not only will it help me out, but it will help out that person as well. It will also help break the unfortunate stereotype that police officers have of being out to get everyone that they come in contact with. Also, honesty and Christianity were seen in court room proceedings. In the past, when a person was about to go before the judge, they would have to put their hand on the bible, raise the other hand, and then swear to tell the truth. The saying went, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” After, the person would reply with, “I do.” This practice, unfortunately, has been replaced with different oaths that vary depending on what jurisdiction a person is in.
So, in my personal opinion, Christianity and my major of criminal justice are very much associated with each other. He has His own set of laws and consequences that we abide by each and every day. When it comes to the laws of the judicial system, they align almost perfectly with the laws that He set in place for us in the Bible. This assignment has really opened my eyes to the true connection that Christianity and criminal justice have. Now, I realize that without His laws, we wouldn’t have ours.