Don’t Plead the Fifth

When it comes to lawyers advising their criminal clients, they exhort them to plead the fifth amendment. In other words, they should keep their mouths shut.

The reason for this advice is provided in the reading of the Miranda Rights. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Other people live by a different code. If suspected of anything unethical or inappropriate, the mantra is, Deny. Deny. Deny. Even if, or especially if one is guilty.

In other words, we condition violators to either lie or remain silent. That may work for suspects in the law and order system. It might even work when confronted by suspicious minds.

But will it work when confronted by God? Absolutely not. God knows our actions. He even knows our hearts. Remaining silent does not keep him in the dark. Denial does not confuse him.

The only remedy with God is to confess (1 John 1:9). It is to speak words of agreement with God that we have sinned. We cry out for the mercy of the judge who knows us better than we know ourselves.

The good news is that the penalty for our transgressions has already been paid with the death of Jesus. When we yet sin, confession before God is the best advice. In so doing, our advocate Jesus represents us before the Father.

So don’t plead the fifth. Don’t deny. Confess.