Shortly after the release of the Anthony trial verdict my Facebook feed filled up with outraged status updates. I think in a matter of thirty minutes I saw Casey Anthony being called every vile thing under the sun. Most of what I read, I cannot (nor do I desire to) repeat here. It’s safe to say people think this woman is a monster deserving of death and hell.
I read updates from many Christians that were mean-spirited and self righteous at best. How quickly we forget our hearts, our inheritance from Adam. Are we truly so much better than this woman? Our Lord Jesus said that to hate someone was to murder them in your heart – and that the real issue with us fallen humans was not our outward actions but our hearts.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” Matthew 5:21-22
Let us remember, today and always, it is only by God’s Grace that we aren’t doing such grievous acts as murdering our own children. It’s not because we are “good” people. The Earth has only known one truly good person – Jesus Christ.
“A very hell of corruption lies within the best saint; and if the grace of God did not
restrain it, he would soon be found among the chief of sinners. -Charles Spurgeon
If you are tempted to believe you could never do something so vile as what we’ve watched through out this trial, repent. If it makes you feel sick or uncomfortable to imagine someone like Casey Anthony in heaven with you someday … please revisit the Gospels. Heaven will be full of redeemed-sinners. Ms. Anthony could still be saved by Christ at some point. Lastly, take a moment to praise God in His infinite goodness from holding you, me, and so many others back from the vast amount of wickedness and evil we could indulge in each day.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am.” 1 Corinthians 15:10