Search

Is it Biblical for a believing Christian to be a criminal defense lawyer + defend the truly guilty (and win)?

Question by LawStudent: Is it Biblical for a believing Christian to be a criminal defense lawyer + defend the truly guilty (and win)?
Can a Christian who truly believes in God and the Bible (old and new testaments) be a criminal defense attorney who works hard and defends the guilty (98% of defendents are indeed guilty)? Can he defend them and win and keep a moral character and clean conscience before God and man? I personally believe a Christian can do this but a friend of mine scolded me and said that there is no way a Christian can do this, because then a “killer’s blood is on his hands” and stuff like that. He thinks a Christian defense attorney can only defend innocent people or else he is sinning. Anyways I’d like to hear some good, well thought out opinions on this. If you answer yes or no, please add good reasons and explain your rationale. Thank you! (Also, please remember in your answers that I am a Christian, so please base your answers on some semblance of Biblical foundation, and not only on your own opinion).

Best answer:

Answer by irishharpist
I don’t remember where, but doesn’t the Bible say that if you don’t do anything about someone doing wrong then you’re basically partaking in that sin yourself? (I think it’s in Proverbs, I’d have to go look.)

Since you are a Christian, maybe the answer to your question is in the definition of the word Christian. A Christian is not only someone who is born-again, but someone who is like Christ. Would Christ defend someone guilty of a crime? Forgive, yes, but defend in a court of law?

Add your own answer in the comments!