“Of course she did.”
“But the jury said ‘not guilty of murder’.”
“They were stymied. Besides, it’s obvious she did it – just look at her.”
“So she goes free?”
“Yeah. Now she’ll get to go on and get rich from milking the story through book deals and movies. It’s a crime, now she’ll never be brought to justice.”
Over the past few days, it’s been a steady stream of constant rhetoric in this vein from the news media, the Joe-on-the-street, and moreover the world at large. Left and right people are bemoaning the idea that “justice will not be done” to Casey Anthony – it’s so constant it’s becoming the current white noise of life. None of this surprises me.
What does surprise me? That you Christians are joining your voices in the cacophony. And so eagerly, too.
Now, I refuse to give my opinion on the jury’s verdict; I haven’t seen all of the evidence, and I don’t know whether Casey Anthony is a murderer or not. But neither do you.
It’s not that you are giving your opinions that bothers me, though. It’s not even your passion. Obviously we should care how little Caylee died and seek to impose the penalties specified by our nation’s law to any responsible party. I agree with that.
No, what bothers me is the overwhelming vehemence to the point of hatred that I’ve seen from some of you, whether on facebook, in person, or in the picketing throngs on the news. I’m concerned that you’re forgetting something key in this whole story.
Free to walk or not, Casey Anthony still has a judge.
That’s right, Casey Anthony will one day stand before the throne of God to answer for any actions she has committed on this earth. His eyes see all things, and unlike a human judge and jury, He does not make mistakes.
You’ll stand before Him in the same capacity yourself, you know. And when you do, every hateful thought you’ve ever had towards your neighbor will be counted every bit as severely as a murder – even the hateful thoughts that you have against Casey Anthony because you assume she killed someone herself.
Your only hope in that day, and Casey’s too, regardless of whether she had a hand in her daughter’s death or not, is in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Believing on that, you stand cleansed from even the worst of sins. And if and when Casey is brought to that faith by the Holy Spirit, so does she.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
– Romans 12:19