Question:

I have a friend who married a guy while he was in jail. She says she has evidence that her husband tried to murder a guy. He pleaded innocent, but the jury thought the he was guilty. He still keeps his innocent plea. He is abusive toward his wife --verbally, mentally, etc. -- gets angry, toke illegal steroids before prison, and lots of other things.  Should she turn the evidence over to the state or not? I do not know if that would lengthen his sentence or not. What is your opinion?

She knows she is in a bad marriage and knows she's been manipulated. She is now trying to follow God and do the right thing by turning toward God and not letting her husband abuse her, while trying to make the marriage work. 

I gave her advice and offered her phone numbers for batter women shelters, but it's all up to her. What would be your opinion on the evidence part?


Answer:

Protecting someone who appears to be guilty of a crime is to share in that person's crime.

"But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth, seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers" (Psalm 50:16-18).

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5:11).

"Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure" (II Timothy 5:22).

"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds" (II John 10-11).

Police have a hard enough time protecting the innocent. If a person has information to make their job easier and more accurate, they ought to help. They certainly are do no one any favor by protecting someone they know to be wicked. Let's assume that she was right that her husband was a murderer, but because she didn't tell anyone of the danger someone else gets killed, how would she live with herself thereafter?

Thanks for the insight. I always ask people before I decide to tell someone something. I always figure someone else has more wisdom then I do. I still, and always will, have a lot to learn. Thanks for the reply.