Just a few minutes after midnight on Sunday morning, Casey Anthony left jail as a free woman. The protestors holding signs and yelling at her are not the only upset people; across the world people have been demanding to know how this could have happened.
On July 5th, after only a few hours of deliberation, the jury came back with their decision. On the count of 1st degree murder of her two year old daughter, they found Casey not guilty. She was also found not guilty on the lesser charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter.
No matter what you think of Casey or her case, there was something profound that happened in that Orlando courtroom. We will probably never know the details of how her daughter died, but we do know that Casey was involved, at least in the cover up and hiding of the body (her defense admitted as much in their opening remarks). So this women who did something terrible was declared not guilty, and she can never be punished for those crimes.
As believers, we might get upset and think justice has not been served. But we need to stop and remind ourselves how that is exactly what God has done for us. We were so obviously guilty, but because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, we may be declared not guilty on all charges, and we can never be punished for those crimes.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
(Read Part 2)