Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Justice Was Served

I must admit, I was not one of the millions of Americans who was glued to the Casey Anthony trial on television.  I didn't even really know what was going on until a few weeks before the verdict was announced.  I don't typically watch much Fox News or CNN, preferring to get my news from online sources.  Apparently the trial headlines did not capture my attention. 

Within the past few days, however, that all changed.  I had to see what all the buzz was about, so I tuned in to the news channels and sampled their coverage.  From everything that I saw, Caylee Anthony was guilty of murdering her precious little daughter in cold blood.  She could not have seemed more guilty if she had owned a white Ford Bronco and a black leather glove. 

Then came the verdict.  Once again, I was not one of the millions of Americans who tuned it to watch it live.  Around 3:00 PM, my cell phone starting buzzing as I received texts, tweets, messages and various other notifications that Casey was aquitted of the murder charge.  Public outrage ensued. 

For those of us who remember the O.J. Simpson trial, the parallels are unmistakable.  The only thing missing is the racial tension.  But with the proliferation of social media, the vitriolic public cries for justice are just as loud, if not louder.  The public knows that Casey Anthony is guilty.  And the guilty must be punished.  Justice must be served.

Whether Casey Anthony is guilty or not, I can't say.  I wasn't in the courtroom to hear the evidence and I didn't keep up with the trial closely enough to offer an educated opinion.  Regardless of her guilt or innocence, true justice will never be completely fulfilled until Jesus returns. I thank God that justice was poured out upon Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Jesus offered Himself as an atoning sacrifice so that He would receive the true justice that we deserve.

Between the cross and Jesus' second coming, we live in a time where true justice has been accomplished but not yet fully realized.  I eagerly await the time when justice will be fully realized at His return. Until then, we will continue to see injustice played out in our lives, our courtrooms and our world.  When we see horrible injustice like the murder of a precious child played out before our eyes, it should make our prayer be that of the Apostle John on the island of Patmos: Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

Romans 3:21-22

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