Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday -- The Casey Anthony Case

Daniel 7: 9-10 -- "As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.  A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened."

I have no idea whether Casey Anthony took the life of her beautiful little girl or not.  I certainly have some opinions about the matter, based on the evidence presented.  And I can say with confidence that Casey Anthony's behavior is not typical of any bereaved mom I have ever met.  But I also can honestly say that I'm very glad I was not a member of that jury.

But whether or not this young mother bears any responsibility for her child's death, the fact remains that a two-year-old girl is dead, and it is questionable at this point whether justice will ever be served.

In this life, anyway.

I participated in the "Daniel" study by Beth Moore this past fall, and in one of the videos she said something that really struck me.  According to Beth (I like to pretend we're on a first-name basis), whenever the Bible refers to God as the "Ancient of Days" it is referring to Him as judge.  And she pointed out that as the Ancient of Days, He always has been and always will be. 

That means that He knows ... He knows about every injustice that has been committed since the beginning of creation.  And He knows who committed each one. 

So when we feel outraged at the injustices we see all around us ... we can rest in the knowledge that the Ancient of Days is on His throne.

And here's the best part.  We already know what's at the end of the Book!

Daniel 7: 13-14 -- "I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.  And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed."

P.S.  For an excellent summary of a Christian response to the Casey Anthony trial, click here.

4 comments:

Cathie said...

I absolutely love those Bible passages!! The grandeur of God. And yes, He has the final say and His judgement is perfect. A good reminder at this time when the news is full of this tragedy.

Sherri Smith said...

I saw a FB post from an old friend this morning that said something to the effect of...if every person that has ranted about her not being convicted would stop and say a prayer that Casey comes to know the Lord then imagine what those prayers might do in her life. Just an interesting perspective I thought. Thanks for sharing those passages...if she is guilty...He will be the final judge.

Chris Brauns said...

Thanks for the link. I was blessed to peruse your site and consider your testimony.

We lost two family members in accidents in 2001. To help our young children think about our reunion, we began to talk about the 5th Tree on the Right Side of the Throne, which is where we plan to meet.

I pray that God will use you to point many people to our great meeting, which as Revelation 22 repeatedly emphasizes, will be soon!

http://www.chrisbrauns.com/2009/09/06/5th-tree-back-right-side-as-you-face-the-throne/

Paula Roberts said...

Jill, very well stated. No matter what we may think or believe, the ultimate judgement WILL come. The key is to just pray for those people now. Any way you look at the Casey Anthony case, that whole family is quite possibly irrevocably broken. It is better (not always easier) to pray than to judge. Thanks for sharing the link also...very good reading!