A lot of emotion was stirred up today over the verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial. Suffice to say, most people watching the trial believe that she was indeed guilty of the charge: murdering her own daughter, Caylee. If the accusation itself wasn’t enough to shock people, then the verdict certainly did. Many people are rightly angered that justice was not done and that Caylee’s suspected murderer is free to walk the streets.
And yet what is the Christian response to this? First, none of us outside of this case know with certainty whether Anthony committed the murder. Suffice to say the evidence would point in that direction, but we’re fallible human beings subject to error. Second, we might assume for the sake of argument that she did indeed murder her daughter. If that’s truly the case, then we ought to pause and give ourselves some much-needed perspective.
Anthony has been acquitted of murder and emotions are running high. The idea of a murderer going free without punishment should invoke a righteous anger, disgust, and disbelief. I’ve already heard people lament, saying, “Our justice system has failed us!” And yet this is only one example–one tiny example–of an even bigger problem. Christians (and perhaps even some non-Christians) are guilty of not seeing the forest for the trees.
By contrast, there is far less collective outrage among Christians regarding the massive slaughter of unborn children. Since abortion was supposedly “legalized” by judicial fiat via the U.S. Supreme Court, an estimated 50 million unborn children have been murdered. At the end of the day, the only difference between Caylee Anthony’s murder and one caused by abortion is the age of the victim. Over a million murders by abortion happen every year in America, but the church doesn’t seem to be anything but dispassionate.
I only wish there was as much outrage against murder-by-abortion as there is with respect to the Anthony verdict. If we believe that our civil government has failed in this court case, then how many times does it fail those children who die in the womb every day? It’s socially acceptable to be outraged at a murder of a little girl outside the womb but not the murder of a little girl yet to be born. We’ve conveniently forgotten that the murder of Caylee Anthony, tragic as it may be, is but one tragedy among millions. May we repent of that.