Bought by the Blood

July 7, 2011

Casey Anthony and the Cross

Chris Brauns has some great insight on how Christians should respond to the Casey Anthony verdict.  Below are a couple of highlights, but you can read the rest here

  • Point people to the Cross. Situations like this are the opportunity for Christians to point to a balanced view of forgiveness that stresses love, justice, and grace. Casey Anthony is not the only one who will stand before her Creator. We are all sinners, and we will all be there. If we don’t know Christ, then the wrath of God abides on us (John 3:36).
  • Examine yourself. If you find yourself feeling terribly ungracious towards Casey Anthony, then perhaps it is because you haven’t been thinking enough about God’s grace in your life.  Indeed, this is what happened with the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35. Do you get more energized about the sin or perceived sin of someone else or your own? Consider 2 Corinthians 13:5.


  1. Gee, if we can’t take a stand against wrong-doing, than why does God consider us fellow-judges? Why take a stand against abortion, or homosexuality, or fraudulent government, or idolatry?

    This is the perfect time to stress love, justice, and grace.Justice is harsh and Anthony is not the repentant servant in your Matthew passage. When we soften justice, we water-down the intensity of grace and love. It is the fiery face of true justice that often causes people to run to love and grace.

    It is apparent that Casey or her lies have never met justice or grace or love from her family.

    Comment by offthecuff — July 7, 2011 @ 11:46 am | Reply

    • I don’t think anything in the excerpt I posted or the original article said anything about softening justice. The point is that justice must always be balanced with grace. Apart from the gospel, we have all done much worse then Casey and deserve far worse punishment. I like what my friend Caleb Southerland, who is a pastor in Texas, said about the verdict for Casey Anthony, “If the world viewed my trial before God, they would scream ‘guilty’ at which i was…thankful for grace, His substitution, and my pardon.”

      As Christians we can have confidence that even when the court system fails, we can be confident that God is ultimate judge and He will have the final say on the justice that Casey deserves. What a beautiful picture of the cross it would be if Christians prayed for Casey to be repentant and find the grace and love she never received at home.

      My greatest grieving shouldn’t be for the sin of Casey, but for my own sin that the son of God had to die to atone for. Nothing can make my sin, which is crimson as blood, white as snow, except for abundant grace which is greater then all my sin.

      Comment by bloodbought — July 7, 2011 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

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