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All of the buzz today is about Casey Anthony being acquitted. So many people are declaring that justice has not been served. I can make no statement regarding her innocence or her guilt. I simply do not know.
The question is not whether justice has been served or not, but how Christians should view this and speak about this.
1. Proverbs 18:13 and 1Corinthians 4:1-5 tell us not to judge before the time, or before hearing all the necessary information. We can be sure that the news media has not given us all of the information that the jury had. Thus it is that we cannot rightly decide Anthony’s guilt or innocence.
2. We are not her judge, anyway. Our judicial system has done its job. It is not for us to judge her. James 4:12 tells us who Anthony’s judge is. It is not you, and neither is it I. We should leave all of this in God’s hands. No amount of hand-wringing and bewailing the apparent failure of our judicial system will bring that precious child back, nor will it change the verdict of the jury. Leave it with the ONE who will deal with it righteously.
3. Remember that the judgment we pass may very well be the judgment that we face. Matthew 7:1-4; James 2:13
4. Remember that judgment should not simply be on the basis of how things appear on the surface. John 7:24
The evidence brought against Anthony was circumstantial evidence. It appeared that she was guilty. Appearance of guilt is not proof of guilt, however. We should understand that as much as we think she may be guilty, things are not always as they appear.
5. The grace of God is enough for Casey Anthony. God is gracious and will forgive all sinners. Whether guilty or innocent of murder before God, I do not know. I do know that she needs God’s grace, and that he will forgive her even of murder. Romans 5:20-21
6. Luke 13:1-5 Remember that we are all guilty before God and deserve His judgment. If we do not do so, we shall always be harshly critical and judgmental. The fact is that we are all guilty sinners in need of God’s grace. While we may never know the truth of Casey Anthony’s guilt in regard to the death of her daughter, our guilt before God is a settled fact. That is why God commands us to repent and trust Jesus. Mark 1:14-15