Thursday, July 7, 2011

I am Casey Anthony.

Thursday mornings are pretty full for me from now until the end of the month. But I have a little time to share some thoughts that have been on my mind.

There have been a lot of words on judgement flying around lately from all over the world. Words on fairness and justice...reasonable doubts and guilty or not guilty verdicts. It's easy to villainize someone who seems so very apparently guilty of something, and I join the crowd in passing judgements far more often than I should. What about the innocent? Where is the restitution for the ones without a voice?

But as the world hurls pitchforks and brandishes their torches in the face of the accused, I can't help but think that woman...the one who is the target of so much hate...is me.

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The guilty stains of one person are no greater than that of another. A filthy rag is a filthy rag in the sight of God - the one true judge. And so my every hateful thought, biting remark, crafted lie, deceitful scheme, and secret sin puts me on the same playing field as one who would steal, cheat, or even kill. If my thoughts and my misdeeds were flashed on television, picked apart by the media, and analyzed over and over again, the world would be chasing me down, too. My kids would be taken away from me, I'm sure. And I would deserve it. Because try as I might to do the right thing, I fail miserably at attaining perfection. A mother shouldn't think those things...say those things...do those things....

But I do. And I'll just be blunt when I say I deserve hell just as much as any woman named Casey Anthony. Thank God for forgiveness. And thank God for Grace. I was a sinner heading straight for despair, and then I was called out by God to come to him. To be washed in the soul-cleansing blood of the perfect lamb. Sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains. Christ's perfect sacrifice paid the price for my sin, so that one day I can spend eternity with Him. There was no possible way I could do it on my own.

Only Christ himself can truly forgive the ugly, heinous, horrible acts that I do nearly every day. If he can forgive me, he can forgive anyone. And he can forgive Casey Anthony. And that's all. :)

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7


Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! Micah 7:19

6 comments:

Katie said...

Wow. I stumbled across your blog through a mutual follower and I'm glad I did! I was listening to the radio yesterday morning and felt so confused about the whole situation. As a Christian, I've been very conflicted in my emotions about this whole thing and at one point I sat there in my car and just prayed for Casey. It felt strange and terrible and relieving all at the same time. I know God can forgive her and I pray she comes to Him because His grace is sufficient for her sins just as much as mine, yours, and everyone else's. I've been wanting to blog about all these thoughts but haven't had the time and I'm not sure I've had the courage needed to present a thought that is so different from most of the world's at this time. So thank you for sharing this. I'll have to share my own thoughts on it later on in my blog.

Pastor Nick said...

Adrien,

Thank you for posting this... Sometimes it is easy to lose perspective with things like this. But, you are absolutely right, sin is sin is sin, all of which separates us from God, and no matter what we have done, God forgives us. I would venture to say that rather than judgment on our part, a more compassionate and appropriate response would be prayer. If prayer changes things, then as the community of faith we as believers need to intercede for this young woman, who, whether she did or didn't do what she had been accused of, would still be in need of the Cross evenif she had never been put on trial.
That's just my two cents...

Anonymous said...

Huh?

Anonymous said...

This post is about as preposterous as your "extensive" dinosaur research! Rawr!

Christine Pettijohn said...

I actually loved this post and am happy you took the time to write it. Sometimes we all needs to be reminded not to judge others when our sins and life are far from perfect ourselves. Good Job Adrien!!

Heather Rahn said...

I hate that more people are learning how to post under "anonymous".

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