The publication, TODAY IN THE WORD,* once carried a story about the Prussian king, Frederick the Great. The king was touring a Berlin prison.
Inside the prison, all of the prisoners fell on their knees before him to proclaim their innocence—except for one man, who remained silent.
Frederick called out to him, “Why are you here?”
“Armed robbery, Your Majesty,” was the reply.
“And are you guilty?”
“Yes indeed, Your Majesty, I deserve my punishment.”
Frederick then summoned the jailer and ordered him, “Release this guilty wretch at once. I will not have him kept in this prison where he will corrupt all the fine innocent people who occupy it.”
*Today in the Word, December 4, 1992