On The Casey Anthony Verdict

It seems the whole nation is angry over the Casey Anthony verdict.

If you are a citizen of the kingdom of God and you are struggling with the same feelings, you may want to reconsider.

The Old Testament law required two witnesses to a capital crime. (Deuteronomy 17:6).  To serve as a witness, the individual could not be guilty of the crime for which they served as a witness.  (Deuteronomy 19:15). Additionally, one of the witnesses had to be willing to initiate the execution. (Deuteronomy 17:7).

These strict procedural requirements would, for example, prohibit the modern practice of relying on coconspirator testimony to obtain convictions, and make conviction a practical impossibility where the witnesses were, as some believe was the case in the Casey Anthony trial, family members.

It’s true the Old Testament law provided for capital punishment for more crimes than modern Western nations, but that same law also made it more difficult to convict.

Suffice it to say that under Biblical law, Casey Anthony would probably also have been acquitted.

The difficulty is many Christians have a highly developed sense of justice or, as is the case in America, are closely aligned with a political party that prides itself on law and order, and they desperately want to see guilty people punished. There is nothing wrong with that.

However, one must assume that when God created the law He gave to Moses, He weighed the competing policy considerations and decided that avoiding conviction of innocent people was of greater importance than allowing some guilty people to escape earthly justice.

As citizens of the kingdom of God, we should recognize that those who escape earthly judgment will surely not escape the eternal type (unless, of course, they accept Jesus as their Savior, in which case the price for their sin will have been paid).

So, pray that, if indeed Casey Anthony is guilty, she will repent and become a Christian, in which case she will get the justice of an acquittal because of Jesus’ work on the cross. If she doesn’t repent she will get the justice of eternal judgment.

Either way, you should not worry that justice has not been done or that it will not be done in the future. GS


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