Pro Se: “for oneself”
“There is an old saying that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client, and not many lawyers try it. But people like you and me apparently do. The number is actually kind of shocking. In New York state alone 1.8 million people represent themselves in court in a typical year.” – This American Life Podcast “Pro Se”.
What is the reason that most people represent themselves in the court of law? They simply can’t afford a lawyer.
As I listened to this podcast I thought, “how often to do I try to represent myself ‘pro se’ in the court of life? It is only natural for man to defend himself, right? We are always the first one to stand up and defend ourselves. We defend our choices, our opinions, our prejudices, our lifestyles, and our beliefs. But this is what I have found, I stink at defending myself! I need a lawyer!
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2
I have an advocate! He is someone who will speak on my behalf. He is someone who will come to my defense. This is good news for someone who isn’t very good at defending himself.
Not only is He my advocate, He is the propitiation for my sins. He is the appeasement for my sins. That is why He alone is uniquely qualified to defend me.
I am in good hands.
I rest my case.