Reflecting on the Casey Anthony Verdict

Reflecting on the Casey Anthony Verdict

The Casey Anthony verdict spurred an immediate explosion of raw emotion on Facebook and in Twitterverse. On my Facebook newsfeed, the majority of the outcry was rage. There was the usual blaming and finger pointing: the jury failed; the prosecution did this; the defense did that. I admit that my status update (composed quickly in a moment of shock) was accusatory, which is definitely less than charitable.

Fox News covered the reaction of celebrities in their “Stars React to Anthony Verdict” website feature. Much like my Facebook friends and family, there were a variety of reactions:

  • The angry: “Outraged. Out. Raged.” (Holly Marie Combs)
  • The sarcastic: “Casey Anthony. You go girl! You have three years of partying to make up for!” (Kevin Nealon)
  • And the God-minded: “God will judge you Casey! This isn’t over!” (Model Niki Taylor)

After some of the dust settled and emotions cooled down, I was able to reflect on the simple Facebook status update from a friend that really struck a chord with me:

God’s judgment is always just, infallible, and final.

For me, this trial was a reminder that determining whether or not someone is innocent or guilty is not for me to decide. (“Judge not, lest ye be judged.”) The above status update was a reminder that true justice will not be carried out here on earth, a comforting truth for the pure of heart (and for all who witness injustices on a daily basis).

“Catholic Mom” Lisa Hendey made a good point in her blog post: to pray for the repose of Caylee’s soul and to prayerfully remember ALL of the children whose lives have tragically ended.

 
 

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Lindsey Simmons is the publicity, social and digital media manager at Franciscan Media. An animal lover, she shares her home with her rescue cat and dog. She’s a member of St. Gertrude Parish in Madeira, OH, where she’s served on the Stewardship Committee and with the young adult group.
 
 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robin-Kimbrough-Norman/100001429266265 Robin Kimbrough Norman

    I  God is  the  REAL  Judge and  knows  the  whole truth !!

    “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”
    We  must  Pray for  the repose of  Caylee’s soul,
    and  all  Children whose lives have  tragically ended.
    Also  We  must  Pray  for  CHILDREN who are  Living
    in  dangerous environments everywhere!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robin-Kimbrough-Norman/100001429266265 Robin Kimbrough Norman

    I  agree we  must  pray  for  the  repose of  Caylee’s soul
    and  for  all  children  whose lives  end  tragically and  are  living
    in  dangerous situations.
    We  must  continue  praying  for  all  children everywhere including’
    the  Unborn  Babies  who  are  in danger  of  being  aborted!!!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you, Robin! And yes, I agree that we must pray for the unborn and for an end to abortion!

  • Rick

    “judge not lest ye be judged” is the verse so many use to try to shame
    Christians for discerning poor behavior, ethics, morals, and values:  Using only Matt 7:1
    is entirely incomplete. This verse is not speaking to not judging at all — it
    is speaking to not judging unfairly or any other cheap and selfish way.  God asks us to judge others actions and make them aware of their sin so they can repent and have eternal life

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your comment, Rick. I agree that we should never judge unfairly. In this case, I don’t feel that there was any way for me to render a fair judgment. I absolutely agree that we must help one another get to heaven. :)

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