I think we all understand the importance of holding people accountable who have abused or mistreated others. Certainly anyone who has abused a teen or child deserves the strictest judgment. First they must be proven guilty and not convicted in the courts of public opinion or the press.
What is difficult in this judgment of people is whether we should condemn a person who is now an older individual, for mistakes they have made 40 or 50 years ago. Based upon this kind of examination there is not a person living today who would not be guilty of some misconduct.
Let us be honest. Every young person has done stupid things, some so grievous that they might be guilty of a punishable crime. Does this mean that after many years of living as a good person and not repeating the mistakes of the past, everyone who erred before in their younger days should be disqualified from serving or punished for past mistakes?
Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord. ~Psalms 25:7
If the members of the United States Congress were all subjected to this kind of close scrutiny, not one would be found innocent. For that matter, you and I, if subjected to close examination of our life when we were much younger, we would also fail the test of good behavior.
If you know and love Jesus today, aren’t you glad that God forgave all of your sins and doesn’t bring them up again?
Perhaps we should all show a bit more mercy to people in their own mistakes and not hold them to such careful examination for old sins they have committed. Let us look instead at how they have lived their life in the years since their mistakes and indiscretions.
In the words of Jesus, we should be careful when we insist upon such strict judgment of other for we might find out later on that people might use this same judgment on us.
For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye ~Matthew 7:2-5