A noble word, but… also a “loaded” word. Loaded, because – honestly – we only think it’s noble when we’re not the ones standing in judgment. When we can point the finger at someone else, and cry, “JUSTICE! JUSTICE NOW!!” then yes, how noble is this thing called justice!
Casey Anthony. A household name nowadays… infamous for “killing” her 2-year old daughter. But… did she really? The truth of the matter is, WE DO NOT KNOW! Not really! We think we have the answers… we think the evidence points to her as a heinous, murderous mother – and, if I’m being honest, I did too – but we really… do not… KNOW. At least, not beyond the shadow of a doubt. My very good friend, Paul Harvey (the real one, not the radio personality… lol) hit the nail on the head when he said, “If any of us, who not only don’t have the information presented as evidence during the trial, but don’t even live in proximity of the jurisdiction, have some proof we should have submitted it to the courts.” Very well-said, Paul!
Our “justice” system is designed – they say – to protect the innocent. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t know if justice has failed little Caylee or not… but this I do know: God alone will be the ultimate Judge of Casey Anthony… but He will be your Judge, too… and mine. The Bible says, “For we have all sinned…”, and we all fall short of the holy, perfect standard of God. And God’s justice and holiness DEMANDS that our sins be paid for. ALL of them. The ones that tripped you up and everybody knows about… the ones that only you and certain people know about… and the ones that only you and God know about. THEY ALL MUST BE PAID IN FULL! Thankfully for us, we don’t have to – and could never – pay for them… because Jesus has already done that on the cross! “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God” (1 Peter 3:16, NLT).
I saw this written on someone’s Facebook wall today: “An acquittal of guilt is not the same as a declaration of innocence.” I agree… that may be true of Casey Anthony… it is definitely true of you and me before God. So, go ahead with your arguments and debates about whether or not this verdict was fair… there is nothing wrong with a healthy debate. But we can’t go on for too long before stopping to ask ourselves this question:
“What… about… me??”