The Casey Anthony Trial. Yes, I’m going to go there.
On Tuesday, the world reeled at the verdict of Not Guilty to the most severe charges towards Casey Anthony. Today sentencing was handed down and Casey Anthony will be free in merely six days, the world reeled again. Although I did not watch the entire courtroom proceedings, for about the last two weeks I have been completely obsessed with this case so deeply that the couch has been stuck to my butt and the TV has been glued to my eye sockets. It’s almost to the point of embarrassment. The result of my obsession is piles of laundry and jiggly thighs. Um,the jiggly thighs can also be contributed to a bag of cherry sours. But whatever.
I’m not going to give my opinion on whether Casey is guilty or innocent, primarily because my opinion does not matter, nor did it ever. But I am going to give my opinion on the hoopla surrounding this case. And then I’m going to get all preachy on you, because sometimes it overcomes me. So if you don’t feel like hearing a sermon today, from someone unqualified to give one, you might want to click on over to a less opinionated website.
I’ll pause while you decide.
First off, I completely blame the media and social networking for the brouhaha that has shrouded this case. Fifty years ago, if a mother was accused of killing her child, very few people would even be aware of the outcome. Perhaps a newspaper or two would report THE FACTS and life would go on. Instead we have reporters, lawyers, journalists, and a sundry of others coloring the case and the opinions of us all.
As the verdict was rendered Tuesday, and as the sentencing was announced today, I was one of the million Americans online with facebook and twitter reading the comments of friends and strangers alike, and quite frankly I am appalled at the HATE and poison that has been spewed out over social media networks. I believe people should have an opinion, it’s a first amendment right, but to know the thoughts that some people think is a little too much for me. Not only the insults towards the defendant but also comments addressed to the jurors have almost sickened me. One twitter I read said Casey Anthony deserves to be raped. Many others call her names and are hoping terrible, unspeakable acts upon her and also to the 12 who served on the jury. The judge even spoke of a threat to a juror to be fileted, salted, and fed to the pirahnas.
On the other hand, I’ve also read something that said, “You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder.” In case you don’t know, those were the words of Jesus.
In The Message, it goes on to read in Matthew Chapter 5, verse 22 “The simple moral fact is that words kill.”
Are we glorifying God with our opinions concerning this case? Do we please Him when we tweet the things we do about one of His children? After all, she is His child as much as I am. As much as we don’t want it to be true, He loves her. His love is unconditional, thankfully. He died for her as much as He died for me. And you. My sin is no different from hers. Perhaps the only difference is that I know a Savior, and prayerfully we should desire Casey Anthony to know Him as well. For that is our hope.
Yes, a child is dead and no one is being punished for it. Yet. But there will come a day when all will stand before the judgment seat of God and answer to Him. Including me. Including you. And if Jesus himself said being angry at another is the same as murder, I suggest we all reflect on our words and actions and ask forgiveness.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.” And if I may be so bold as to put this verse in 2011 terms, “Let my tweets and facebook statuses be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
As Christians we are called to love one another. In Luke Chapter 6 Jesus tells us: “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Let’s be merciful with our words.
If you want to turn your emotions into something good, you can go to http://change.org and sign a petition to get Caylee’s law enacted. This law will make it a federal offense if a parent/guardian does not report a missing child in a timely manner.
Now let’s love one another today.
Well said, Angel! The whole situation makes my heart hurt. Thanks for the website.
Good preaching! AB
Amen and Amen! And from the beginning of coming to this site, I have felt a “connection” to you, some of which is, I imagine, because we are “believers”, but never as strongly as I do as I write this message! You said EXACTLY what I have felt after watching this trial for the past few weeks (with my butt stuck to the couch much like yours!) I have tried to put my feeling in words to others, but struggled with the right words. Bless you, my child, for putting this out there for any and all who care to listen to this side of the story. You said it perfectly as far as I’m concerned and your “testimony” to the Word is bound to make some folks think twice before continuing their actions. I love you, girl ! Until next time … Donna H.
Good job!! Great write! As someone who works in the justice system, I have to say I am appalled at the many juries that acquit people when the evidence is there for a guilty verdict. Seems the poplar idea is “beyond a shadow of a doubt” instead of “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That jury should have come back with a guilty verdict. The decision not to should weigh upon them for the remainder of their lives. The death penalty had absolutely nothing to do with the guilt or innocence phase, as one juror said it was a factor when deciding. My heart is heavy that someone can not report a child missing for a month, and a jury decides that person is guiltless. Even my water company turns my water off if I haven’t paid my bill within the month. There are and should be consequences.
Finally! Someone making perfect sense! Thanks Angel.
Kudos to you, my precious child! You have always been able to see not only both sides to a story, but every side to a story! What you have just said is perfect! I’m sure that’s the Christain in you, but also, and maybe……..a little bit of the phycology major in you! I hope that someday we may all find out what really happened to this precious little girl! And, let us not forget……..that SOMEONE put duct tape THREE TIMES on her little face! I hope she WAS cloraphormed (sp, I’m sure) and saw nothing and knew nothing of what was happening to her…………….or WHO did it!!!!!!!!!
My sentiments exactly from top to bottom of your post.
The media hype and people’s emotions over this is as if this is the first time a child has been murdered in a 100 years. If the media and the people care so much about a child’s murder, why are they not just as caring about the 100s or 1000s each year who also are killed in the U.S. Why single this one case out? Is there something special about this one child? Do not the other children also deserve the hype and outrage? Don’t the people care about whether justice that was meted out to the other children’s murderers? It just goes to show how easily people are led and a mob mentality can evolve. Because any reasoning person would ask in the silence of their souls, well, what about the other murdered children? Why don’t I care about them just as deeply?