The Glove

I’m 32 and have college aged friends. As a result, I throw in some references they won’t get and joke about being old enough to know it. One reference I throw out is the expression, “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

That famous quote came from the O.J. Simpson trial in 1994. O.J. Simpson was a former football player who was accused of murder. All of the evidence showed he was guilty. However, O.J.’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, asked O.J. to put on a glove. Of course, the glove was old and O.J. spread out his fingers so that it was difficult to put on the glove.

O.J. Simpson puts on the glove.

Most people consider this evidence weak and not reasonable doubt. However, Johnnie Cochrane said, “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Because of this sentence, the jury found O.J. Simpson innocent. Most people disagree with the verdict. However, a look at human psychology can give an explanation.

People in general cannot remember and process large amounts of information. We tend to go for short expressions. In fact, a short expression can override large amounts of information.

God’s Word explains why. We weren’t designed to make judgements about the things of the world. God did not design the jurors to decide whether or not O.J. Simpson was guilty.

He designed us all to be loved by Him and not even worry about the cares of this world. With this whole issue of coronavirus vaccines, God never designed us to decide whether or not to get a vaccine. He never designed us to decide if the coronavirus is dangerous or harmless. You are free to look at information and decide. However, just have peace knowing that you have eternal life and no decision can take that away.

With that, we can be at peace with our decisions and the decisions of others.