Wednesday, July 6, 2011

~ "with liberty and justice for all!!!"

All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. (Ecc 7:15)

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am not political, I don't choose sides and I don't often express my opinions outside of a group of close knit friends. On a rare occasion, I may post a status line on Facebook denouncing an idea or a theory, but for the most part, I generally keep it light and politically free.

Two months ago, the world learned of an execution that was carried out on the man who was responsible for the deaths of thousands. There was no trial, there was no conviction, but we all knew he was guilty, he claimed responsibility for the attack, so his death brought a small measure of closure for many of us. This man not only committed crimes against our nation, but in doing so, his excuse was that it was his god's command that he do so. He was a child of our Living God. He chose a path away from Him. I closed that post with "We remain, ONE nation, under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and JUSTICE for all." At any time during his life, he had the opportunity to fall to his knees and ask forgiveness from OUR Father in Heaven and accept Jesus as his Savior.

In our own selfishness, we forget the sins we've committed in our hearts, towards others and out of anger. Our criminal justice system is set up to provide all members of society who are accused of crimes the opportunity to have their case heard and decided on by a jury of their peers. Remembering that just because something is "legal" doesn't make it "right" - how many of us have committed sins against God by ignoring His law? How many times have we chosen to walk away and bury our heads in the sand? In the quietness of your own heart, I ask you, are you free of sin? Have you never done anything against God? Have you never done anything illegal???

Do not pray for Caylee Anthony...she is in the arms of Jesus and does not need your prayers. Pray instead for Casey Anthony, who has been given a gift. Pray that the Lord will find His way into her heart and that her life, with the acceptance of Jesus, will change. Pray that she will be able to ask for forgiveness and humble herself before Him and walk the path He has laid before her. God has a plan for her as well.

Whether Ms. Anthony is guilty or not is no longer relevant. She has been found "not guilty" an a court of law. Blaming the jurors for allowing a murderer to go free is also irrelevant. Instead of slamming the prosecutors and those who brought her to trial, instead of filling your time uttering phrases like "she'll burn in hell" or "she'll get hers" - pray for her! We all know that God's justice is greater than man's and we also know that His compassion and ability to forgive is also greater! Stop condemning her and leave it to God - that's HIS job, not ours! Our job is to pray!

King Solomon's verse reminds us that better ten who are guilty go free, than one who is innocent be condemned. Jesus' words in John 8:7 ring very true here - "...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." Stop throwing rocks...