The national headline yesterday was about the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial. Casey was found not guilty in all felony charges. The public was left shocked in a case where everyone thought Casey was guilty. The case is being compared to the O.J. Simpson trial.
I followed the Casey Anthony case very closely for the past 6 weeks. In my opinion, there was enough circumstantial evidence to convict Casey but, due to a lack of hard evidence linking Casey to the death of her daughter, there was reasonable doubt as well. In other words, the verdict didn’t prove her innocence but no one could prove her guilt either. In this justice system, Casey must be allowed her freedom yet so many are unsatisfied and even outraged by the outcome. Why is that?
Everyone just wants justice for 2 year old Caylee Anthony. With Casey acquitted of murder, immune to re-trial and with no other suspects, it seems justice is out of everyone’s reach.
The Final Trial
Justice may be out of reach for the state of Florida but not for God. I have to admit, I was frustrated with the verdict. I had to remind myself of everything I know about God and his mercy on all creation. I am reminded that he is so merciful that he is completely and perfectly just. The reason I can sleep well tonight is because I know that God, in the end, will bring justice to everyone. There will be no mistakes in that final trial.
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment- Hebrews 9:27
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
This means people should stop yelling, writing and tweeting about how Casey got away with murder. No one is getting away with anything.
Our Graceful Judge
The reality is that everyone is guilty of sin and God demands the death sentence for sin. God is far too holy to have it any other way. The good news is that Jesus’ death on the cross satisfies the death sentence for each person who has complete faith in the risen Christ. Believers live in freedom at the cost of the suffering Christ. Justice has been served and God is our perfect judge that abounds in grace.
I am always intrigued by our justice system. I watched in fascination as the prosecution and defense battled in the court room with Casey’s life in the balance. I am even fascinated watching a judge make his final judgments in my local traffic court. God has blessed us with a court system that demands our respect. All God’s institutions demand our respect yet nothing is more fascinating than our heavenly judge, God the Father. His word is perfect.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23