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Casey Anthony Is Coming To Your Church This Sunday!

Innocent until proven guilty.
Not by the water coolers I hang out around.
This woman was raw meat waiting to be cooked.
And then Tuesday happened.
Not Guilty.
Most of the shock has come from the Christian community.
Who wouldn’t be aghast that the innocent, little, helpless Caylee was sent to her death by something out of her control?
I know I am terrorized by the thought.
Especially having 2 girls of my own.
It was a cowardice act however it transpired.

But Casey is not guilty.
The system in which we place our trust found her not guilty.
So then.
What to do now?
What to do after all the tweets and blogs about how she should pay.

What do we do when she walks into your church this Sunday?
What do we do with someone who claims one thing yet the world believes another?
Who is seeking refuge from the world in the arms of our body?
How do you respond?
How should the church respond?
How do you think a church ACTUALLY would respond?
Talk ragamuffins…
Los

  • The church needs to respond with grace. The church needs to be a refuge, not a place of condemnation.
    We need to share Christ’s unconditional love that cannot be earnt and cannot be lost with people – even those we so stupidly deem ‘unworthy’ of his love.
    Even though we’re unworthy ourselves.

    GRACE.

    • Emily

      I think we need to remember, Jesus was NEVER afraid to call sin, sin. The reason He came, is because we are sinners. He didn’t look the other way and say, “I’ll just extend you grace no matter what.” In fact, He did the opposite. He calls us to acknowledge our sin, and ask forgiveness, and recognize our need for HIM as our Savior. That is the ONLY way to Heaven. The ONLY way to receive His grace. We should NEVER ignore sin or sweep it under the rug of “grace”. It is gracious when I tell my children they are disobeying and I punish them. I am showing them the love of Christ. God chastens those he loves. That’s His Word. We should not make it seem harsh nor mean to acknowledge sin for what it is. Sin.

      • Emily

        Aslo, the very basis for coming to Jesus is acknowledging our GUILT, not claiming INNOCENCE. Anything else is not the Gospel!

        • Emily

          And, the system I place MY trust in, is NOT the United States of America’s government! It’s Jesus Christ and His Word. That is the ONLY thing that will tell me if I am innocent or guilty.

          • Los

            So you condemn her guilty?

          • mo

            hmm. no response. interesting.

          • Josh

            I don’t know where Emily or anyone else in this thread specifically stands in terms of putting their faith in the U.S. government, but I went to a conservative church over 4th of July and the pastor was wearing an American flag shirt and they said the “Pledge of Allegiance”.

            I don’t think this is uncommon in conservative Evangelical circles. They tend to celebrate the military, armed conflict and the thinking that God uniquely blesses the U.S. over others (which I still have yet to find in the scripture)…But I suppose that’s for another post…

          • Comments like those, emily, make me want to stop saying anything at all because you slam my opinion with a lot of words that don’t seem motivated by love.

            Grace is biblical. We are all guilty, yes… But we’re just as guilty as Casey is, it seems! And so she is just as unworthy of love as us, and yet she can recieve love just as we do.

            Through Christ.

            We.re not called to administer worldly justice. We’re called to love. The only rebuke you find us called to give is to those who are within the church and are believers.

            Grace, grace, grace.

            And i’d appreciate it if some grace was shown iin comments too.

          • Amy

            I believe that Paul told us that “It’s His goodness that leads us to repentance”. While Jesus held the religious leaders to a higher standard because they should have known better, it was the sinner who drew his limitless compassion & mercy. As believers we have the Holy Spirit to work in us to produce His fruit, but the unbeliever doesn’t have that. So how can we expect them to have the fruit of the Spirit when they aren’t in relationship with Him?
            Jesus went about doing good, healing, delivering & feeding the lost sheep of His people. Before He left this world He told His disciples “as the Father sent me, now I send you.” So what is our responsibility as His disciples? To do likewise.
            The one person that was thrown at Jesus’ feet by the religious leaders for Him to judge, He simply said “let the one who has never sinned, throw the first stone.”
            Fellow disciples of Jesus, throw down your stones….if He refused to judge a sinner in that manner, then we have no choice but to follow His example. Allow His goodness to lead the broken & bleeding masses to repentance….not our stones of judgement.

          • JOSHUA

            Feel free to go out into the world and defend your own freedom or religion. Or you could just be happy I do it for you.

          • Emily,
            First, grace was extended to you when Christ called you to him. You had nothing to do with it. It’s called irresistible grace. Maybe our mighty God will use this horrible tragedy to call Casey to him. He who has never sinned cast the first stone.

            just saying….

          • Aaron

            @Emily. I understand you place your trust in Jesus and not America. Did Jesus tell you she is guilty though?

    • First of all I was speechless… There is no justice for Caylee.

      Second, there is no need for the church to respond to the verdict because it’s not going to change but we can look ahead. Below is a link to change the laws so there will not be more cases like the Casey Anthony trial.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/create-caylees-law

    • God used cold blooded killers to change the world.

      Cain killed Able, yet God put a mark on Him so that no man would ever touch Him. He spared Cain’s life.

      Moses lost His cool and murdered an Egyptian. He definatley “sinned in anger”. Yet God used him to bring us the BIG TEN and to lead the Israelite people out of captivity.

      David lusted after a hot chic, bathing buck naked, (how else do you bathe?)on a house top. He then proceeded to find out who her old man was, plop his butt at the front of the battle lines ensureing his death, so that he could free and clear to get his BATHsheeba on. Yet somehow, He was a man after God’s own heart.

      Saul(Paul) was a Jewish zealot who tstalked followers of the WAY. Dragging them from their homes he would stand by as men, woman and children were stoned to death in the streets. Angry mobs laid their garments at Paul’s feet as a sign of respect before they teed off with some serious rock action on Stephen’s noggin.

      Casey Anothony is argueably a horrible mother and considered by most fokls to be complicent in the death of her child…Imaigne what God could do with her. Or for that matter, what He could do with you, or what He HAS done with you?

      We view God’s love, mercy and cleansing blood as good enough and powerful enough to wash away our sins. But we would deny that same forgivness to others.

      Holy Spirit, I beg you, give us the eyes to see people as you do, and the ability to love them, as you have loved us.

      Start with me.

      • LOVE this comment, it’s completely counter-intuitive. Just… beautiful.

  • Just being real: It would be unnerving. No matter how strong your faith is, this would unnerve you. You can throw out all the nice-sounding, churchy lingo you want. Deep down, this would not be easy.

    At the same time, here’s what I’ve got to remember: The same Holy Spirit that can calm those nerves can also deal with someone like a Casey Anthony where they’re at. Whether it’s through comfort, righteous conviction, true repentance (whatever it may be), that’s out of my control.

    It’s an incredible tension, and one that may never be easy to truly handle.

    • Los

      truth

      • Leanne

        Amen!

    • Ben

      No doubt. Best response i’ve seen.

  • adam

    she’s not “innocent” really. she knew her daughter had died. she partied for a solid month before she was arrested. she walks into church as a liar. she walks into church as someone who knows how her baby girl died but didn’t come clean when the time came. she hasn’t confessed to anything yet.

    God’s forgiveness is something we cannot comprehend but she is neither remorseful or repentant. she’s welcome to come in but for most people, i don’t think they are really ready for something like that.

    • Sorry Adam, but we all walk into church liars, hypocrites, and thieves. Why should she not get the same unconditional love and grace that we receive?

      Just sayin.

      • Jeff P

        Because the expectation would be that we repent and change. She’s had three years to institutionalize her lies. We can be there for her if she wishes to repent but I don’t see that we are called to enable her pathology.

        • kate

          Re you aware of everyone’s repentance status as they walk into your church? The Lord is the only one who is aware of that. The Lord said He came to help the sick. The church is for the sick not the perfect, and well. We are all still sick no matter if we’ve repented from that weeks sins or not. We do not know the conversations that Casey has had with God. We don’t know what her heart really looks like, but God does. He’s the only one who knows the plans He has for her. I do think one thing we probably do know is that underneath the exterior that lady’s heart is broken and in need of people who want to see that heart mended. God gives us unconditional love that we do not deserve and we are called to love the same way. It doesn’t mean we have to believe her or agree with her, but we also shouldn’t be throwing stones.

          • Brandon

            Very powerful words Kate. Thanks you for sharing what you think & how we should really treat her. We all have things hidden deep with in us that only God knows about. Only God can clean, heal, restore & truelly forgive us.

          • Brandy

            Amen.

          • Los

            LIKE

          • My thoughts exactly! We will never know the truth of what happened or what is in her heart, but our Father knows. It is not for me to seek revenge or decide her guilt. She had a trial and a jury decided that, based upon information we may never know. I am not saying I agree or disagree with the verdict. I am saying that normally there is often way more to the story than meets the eye and the public only hears what the media decides its going to hear, with the slant that they want it to have on the story. I’m from the school of going to the source for the information, not believing everything I hear.

          • Jodie

            I agree Kate. There could be murderer’s, liars and of course sinners, sitting right aside of us at church and yet we do not judge them because we do not know their deep dark secrets and their sins. Casey’s sins we televised and “Nancy Grace’d”, now we know more about her than people we call our church “family”. Yet, we judge her because we feel we were handed that right by the media.

          • PAM

            MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY! AND WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN CAUGHT FOR THEIR CRIMES? WHO AM I, OR U TO SIT IN JUDGEMENT OF THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO U, WHETHER IT BE IN THE LORDS HOUSE, WORK PLACE, OR SOMEONE SITTING NEXT TO YOU ON THE BUS, TRAIN ETC. WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF SIN. GOD PROVIDES FOR ALL HIS CREATION, MAN AND BEAST

          • Arce

            Amen!

      • MV

        Isaac..I agree..we do all walk into church liars, hypocrites and thieves. God is no respecter of persons..I have been taught that God does not see one sin greater than another. We All fall short and God knew that we would..isn’t that why He sent us a Savior? It is incomprehensible what she did…Yet, as God extended us grace..we too SHOULD extend that grace to her. God never said it would be easy..but Jesus did say to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you didn’t He?

      • Arce

        Isaac, you are correct! We are all in need of Christ.

    • I’m not claiming either side, but just to be clear, no one ever said she was innocent. There’s a big difference between “not guilty” and “innocent”.

      • PAM

        “INNOCENT” UNTIL PROVEN “GUILTY”—CASEY WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY! SO WOULDN’T THAT BE “INNOCENT”–

  • The responses have broken my heart across the board.

    I was not there.

    I was not on the jury.

    I simply do not know.

    Christ specifically said to give ‘Cesar what is his.’

    Even Christ recognizes and prompts us to be held accountable to the authorities that are in our worldly lives. Government is one of them. By choosing to stay under the banner of the USA, you choose to submit yourself to that authority and you place trust in the democratic system that is there. For the jury to reach the verdict they did as fast as they did, that tells me the system worked the way it was designed. The evidence was presented from both sides and the jury of her peers reached a conclusion.

    Casey Anthony can come to my front door. My life was forever changed by Someone so much more higher than this news story and my government and I am more than happy to share that with her.

    We are so quick to snap-judge truth when we fail to remember that our lives are saved by pure grace. Sin is sin. Jesus Christ justified that for me and for you and for whomever took Caylee’s life.

    • Great way to put what i was thinking. Thanks Chris. I feel for the people who are upset, but at the same time where is grace? I have read some pretty disturbing comments on twitter and fb made by people that I know to be Christians. It upsets me, but I must extend grace to all.

    • Sounds like you’ve read “Under Cover” by John Bevere. It’s refreshing.

    • Geoff

      I know that we are supposed to pray for our leaders so thats what we do whether it be the president straight down to the judges of our courthouses. “you will know them by their fruits”. and what i see is this being a sighn that our country and world is heading down the road of “Evil being considered good and what is good being considered evil” (All is in Gods control). To the other point, everyone of us claiming to be christians should be willing to open our doors, hold out our hand for anyone. We have an obligation to the world to tell her and anyone else the TRUTH. She needs to know to repent(not necessarily to the the public, but to GOD), except Christ, be baptized. But ignorance doesnt make for a good excuse judgement day.

  • Wes

    Dude, I’ve been thinking about this very question ever since she was found “not guilty”. I think it’s safe to say that a lot of your readers are in the “offer grace” camp, but this causes me to ponder two more questions:

    Knowing what we know about Casey Anthony, would it be OK to be suspicious of her?

    Would it be OK to simply take her at her word and move forward?

    • I think the response at most churches would be no different than if she went to a mall. She would be publicly beaten by the brows of onlookers. Unfortunately, the church, which teaches love and forgiveness, is often the last place you will find it.

      I heard someone say regarding the O.J. trial…”There are two groups of people. Those who think he is guilty and those that are really, REALLY stupid”. A few years after he was found innocent, my wife and I went to Las Vegas to see U2. Walking through the Mirage a throng of people started pushing and shoving to get by us. I look up and it was O.J. right in front of us. The people that were pushing and shoving…well they were lining up to get a picture taken with him. I think Living Colour summed it up in the song “Cult of Personality”.

      Faith Hope Peace

      Bruce

  • Jake

    It’s not our job to judge another person. Love believes the best. As hard as that would be, that’s what we should do. LOVE, which is detailed in 1Cor13.

    We cannot love in our own capacity. If we try, we fail. We must trust the love of CHRIST that is inside of us, and not try to do it in our own strength.

    • Jeff P

      that’s simply nonsensical. Of course it’s our job to judge otherwise we can’t have a functioning society. I’d encourage you to not read 1 Cor 13 in isolation from the rest of scripture.

      • Actually Jeff, I see what you are saying but it is not the individual’s job to judge. The bible instructs us to leave judgement of criminal matters in the hands of government officials. Jesus was clear on his stance on this. Mattthew chapter 7 is tossed around a good bit but it stands up. She has been judged in a court of law and she will face God’s judgement and those are the places in which her judgement should occur. It should be our purpose to help her find a new way of life through the person of Jesus Christ so that she may go and sin no more.

    • We are not to judge people’s worth, but we are to judge their actions/behaviors.

  • Brian

    First of all the jury did not find her “innocent.” She was found “not guilty.” There is a difference in our court system. It’s possible that every juror feels like she did kill her, but if they have ANY reasonable doubt they have to say “not guilty.”

    Guilty or not, the church does have to show her the grace of God. Honestly, I’m not sure what that looks like. Even after grace and forgiveness we suffer consequences for our actions. At the very least, her child was dead and she hid that fact.

    Given the opportunity, I would show her the love of God, try to comfort/counsel her, but I would not invite her to babysit my children.

  • Misty

    what a thought provoking question..yours always are! I’ve been refraining from commenting on the case at all b/c I’m not sure how to respond….same as the killing Osama Bin Laden. My flesh knows immediately how i would respond, but if i claim to want to be more like Christ everyday…my flesh is wrong….

  • adam

    innocent isn’t the same as not guilty.

    there is no “proven innocent” in our court system only “found not guilty”.

    the prosecution blew it. overcharged her, went to trial with lousy evidence, prosecuted a lousy case.

    the jurors have said so far that many folks thought she was guilty but the state didn’t prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

    • Los

      You didn’t answer the question…
      ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sigh. I have come very close to saying something about this on the blog or facebook, but have refrained so far because I’m prettysure it will fall on deaf ears.

    But if ONE more person that claims to be a Christian says she should “fry” … I might just have to go punch a pillow or something.

  • I wrote a few months ago about how I feel like true justice is the expression of GRACE. And I think that the Church and the Body of Christ should respond that way.

    Unfortunately…

    I think the Church – at large – would rather crucify Anthony.

  • What I find insane is that a child in her daughters age group gets kidnapped or sold into human sex trafficking every day of the week and people could no care less (or at least don’t seem to) but when a cute little American white girl gets injustice done to her by her “partied for a solid month” month, we go nuts when justice isn’t reached.

    I want us to take the passion we used on Twitter and Facebook to proclaim that Jesus can’t wait to punish her and use it to support things like the DNA Project, Rapha House or countless others who defend little girls 24/7.

    • Nikki Jo

      Exactly! I posted this morning, in the only thing I’ve ever said about the trial, “All I know is that a child died and that was tragic – I am not judge, juror or God, so I cannot speak to guilt or innocence. I do think that if you do not post thirty times a day in reference to children all over the world who are killed every day that possibly the obsession you currently have over this case is more soap opera than actual interest :(”

      I don’t understand why people are so obsessed here, when this goes on every minute of every day and no one notices. If people care, they should actually CARE and care for every child tragically lost, not just the ones whose lives become an open book for our ever curious eyes.

  • Victoria

    I believe that she is guilty, and that while she wasn’t found to be in court, she will be held accountable for what she’s done just like I have to be accountable for what I’ve done. But Praise God though for His never ending mercy and amazing grace, that saved a wretch like me. It’s there for her too. Without the Lord, all of us would be in trouble.

    If I were presented with an opportunity to be part of her life, while I think it would be TREMENDOUSLY difficult, I could not turn her away. I would do my best- and I hope all believers would- to remember that her sin is no greater than mine, and treat her well. That does not mean automatic trust, full access, etc. It means love, kindness and most definitely- leading from the Holy Spirit about what to do.

  • Doug

    This is all one giant Jesus Juke Carlos. I think we should treat her the same way we should treat all people (who are all pretty much sinners anyway–whether they have been proven guilty of it or not) who show up at our church – careful love.

    • I don’t know how asking a question is a Jesus Juke?
      Cause Lord knows it isn’t the way people are responding///

      • Doug

        Dude. I meant your invitation to discuss was a Jesus Juke. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Los

          nah. I hope we get to discuss this stuff instead of sitting on it.

  • treat her like every other broken and sinful person in need of a savior. wrap our collective church arms (the arms of the body of Christ) around her and let her know that she’s is a child of god.

    regardless of what people think or say, the “evidence” posted by the likes of Nancy Grace or Geraldo in the court of public opinion are not equal to actual evidence in a court of law.

    God help us if we all start to receive what everyone else thinks we deserve.

    • PAM

      IN THE EYE’S OF THE LAW, WE ARE GUILTY, TILL PROVEN OTHERWISE!! CASEY ANTHONY IS WELCOME AT MY CHURCH.

  • liz

    How did Jesus respond to a woman who was found IN THE ACT OF ADULTERY? That phrase means JUST what it says -in the act. She was guilty. What did Jesus say?
    I’m sure we are sitting next to people in our church who have served time in prison. Only Jesus can know the heart.
    The many christians saying ‘Fry her’ – so upsetting. The rocks are in our hands ๐Ÿ™

    • of all the blogs and news stories and facebook feeds i’ve read, “the rocks are in our hands” is the most accurate and damning thing i’ve seen. thank you for your wisdom.

    • Liz, Thank you for this. It’s a PERFECT illustration of God’s love made visible & applicable through His Son, “Where are your accusers? Go and leave your life of sin”.

    • Jack

      This is my thought exactly so I repeat what you said, Liz, and I want to add that Jesus died for every sin and I believe all sin is equal in God’s eyes, therefore, in echo, who are we to cast stones? I simply would treat her as I treat anyone else and I say, welcome Casey Anthony. Please do come to my church this Sunday, let me introduce you to Jesus! The church should be tripping over one another wanting this one in their church, because, like everyone else, she needs Jesus in her life.

  • Treat her with love the same as anyone else who shows up. Period.

  • Christy

    She needs to know grace first. We do that by telling, teaching, and living the gospel. Only when confronted with the reality of Christ’s grace and the reality of our sin, can any of us begin to understand repentance and remorse.

    She’s welcome in my home and my church to hear the gospel, to see us live it out the best we can in our own lives, and to hear that no matter what’s she’s done or how she’s acted even in the future, God is bigger.

    We can’t just talk about grace. We do have to eventually talk about our sin and how to get out of it, get rid of it, and keep it at bay. We can’t be all grace and act like nothing happened. We have to confront the root of the problem.

    My husband said it best, for me, last night.. When forgiven people forget their fallen state in judgment of another fallen one, we show how lightly we take the power of the blood.

    • Doug

      Right on.

    • Beachgirlcp

      AMEN!

    • Los

      bring it…

  • Grace is given by God alone. Mercy, however, CAN be shown by the people claiming to follow the teachings of the Son of God.

    Thank God for a court system that allows for “reasonable doubt.” I would rather see 10 guilty go free, than 1 innocent convicted.

    Thankfully there are pockets of Christianity in America (rare though they be), who would actually show mercy and love in this case..

    • Doug

      Grace is given by God alone? Do you really believe that?

  • Erin

    (this was in response to Adam up near the top, but it’s more than just a reply to him)

    Lets take a few scenarios:

    A 12 year old girl is poorly influenced by her friend. She’s convinced (even though she started out knowing it was wrong) that no harm would come by inappropriately touching her nephew. Years later, only three people know of this sin for fear of so many things.

    A 20-something is addicted to the most perverse kind of porn. Committing adultry against his future wife, His true Love, and continuing a nasty cycle. He knew at one point it wasn’t right, but cares more about not being found out, more about how it feels to do anything about it.

    As a follower of Christ, it’s not my place to judge anyone (except fellow believers and then in love). The nature of sin is to be kept hidden. Like Adam and Eve. There’s such a spiritual battle surrounding all this. She’s hiding things. But ya know what? So.am.I. I’m hiding my sin.

    Really, it’s how all sin it – be it lust, murder, adultery, lying. If the church isn’t ready to accept in grace and love someone who murdered or didn’t, lied, or didn’t, is cheating on his/her spouse or didnt…well, it’s not a church that Christ would be glorified by.

    Whether she should or shouldn’t have been found guilty is only part of the issue. All the backlash from the Christian community has made.me.sick. The pure hatred, sense of vindication and retribution, the utter lack of love has made me re-think being called a Christian. I’m ashamed to be lumped into a group of people who live so un-Christlike.

    May He show mercy us.

  • if she walked into our church on Sunday, i’d feel relieved that she was seeking out something bigger then the circus of the last few years and the court of public opinion.

    knowing our pastors, they’d likely be taken aback a little but grateful she came to a service. just because it’s uncomfortable and there’s a visceral response means nothing in the big picture. it’s ok to live in the tension…

    if each of us were subject to having researched data and intense scrutiny on our private and public lives, we’d all be with her at some point. we may not be looked at as a suspected murderer allowed to go free, but there’s no doubt a mag-lite the size of Texas would shine on us in a negative way.

    there’s a difference between justice and the law – it is our job to welcome her to the fold, bottom line. my hope and prayer is i would live up to the above and that my church leaders and family would too. i’m praying for her and her family.

    • Los

      What if she was forced to go to your church and didn’t want to…

      • that’s a great question. i’m not sure how she could be forced to go [mandatory per her sentence maybe?] i would hope that any church would try to make her presence there not a circus.

        if i was thinking when going anywhere, ‘everyone is speculating on me being a ______________’ i think i would want some common curtesy. my own past is uber-ugly. most people, looking at me would never say, laura used to be a ________’. when i share what i used to do and was [lots of booze, lots of drugs, and a former sec worker] i can see the looks on people’s faces. her situation is mine in a small way – but on red bull and steroids. i just wanted to be treated with some common curtesy. i did not always want to be at church when i went initially. there was a core group of people who knew the ugly parts of my life that were kind to me and welcomed me, despite their feelings of my actions.

        there you go ๐Ÿ™‚

  • amymay

    I just wrote a letter to Ms. Anthony this morning.

    http://shadowsgivewaytosunshine.blogspot.com/2011/07/letter-to-casey-anthony.html

    I posted it on facebook and I think I might get some hate mail soon. WOW.

    • Beautiful! Love the sinner, hate the sin!

  • I pray that our church would respond with grace, love, and forgiveness.

    http://www.mysinglemomadventure.com/2011/07/casey-anthony-trial.html

  • Brittney

    Regardless of what was proven in court or how we feel or how everyone is pretending that they can put aside their emotions because it’s what the Bible says to do, only one thing is clear: you Jesus juked the heck out of everyone with this blog.

    I don’t think it’s HATRED that causes people to wish she’d pay for this crime, I think it’s NORMAL HUMAN EMOTION, I think it’s just how your feelings work…this is part of the reason it’s important not to act out of emotion. My heart cries out for the baby and while I wish someone would have to answer for this, I don’t sit up thinking how everyone is awful and has an evil heart for wanting justice.

    One girl said she was unhappy with people “claiming they were Christians and wanting her to fry” and the frustrating thing about that is—Am I not allowed to experience feelings because I serve Christ?

    The responses on here are ridiculous.

    • Los

      Answer the question…

      • Brittney

        Fair enough, I would be fine with it. I’ve sat across from friends who did me wrong just like I’ve sat across from my biggest supporters. Almost all of my pastors that I’ve known have been recovering drug/sex addicts and I didn’t judge them. Two of my Father’s friends had killed someone (one on accident, one in self defense) and I didn’t know the details behind that.

        Even with my answer, I’m fully bummed out by the vast majority of grace and love speak behind this. You can hide behind that stuff all you want, it gives you a good excuse not to stand up for what’s right or want justice. God didn’t call us to be ignorant and let everything slide. I’m not the judge and jury for this case, I just want everyone on here to remember that we’re human, not God. We can’t act like we haven’t wanted someone to pay for their mistakes. That doesn’t mean I’m pointing a gun at anyone, it means I’m alive.

        • Amy

          Brittney,
          While on the cross, Jesus said “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing!” David said in Psalm 65:3 “Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.” In neither place was there any condition to that forgiveness!! It is freely given by God. The question that remains is will we accept it???
          Whenever I come across anyone who is holding accounts against anyone for any reason, I know that it’s simply because they have been unable to received forgiveness for themselves. In Matt 18, where Jesus tells us the parable of the unforgiving servant, he lets us know that the first servant who was forgiven an insurmountable debt by his master, didn’t receive the forgiveness, because he turned around & required full payment by his fellow servant. Why would he do that unless he was still trying to pay back a debt he no longer owed? Unforgiveness towards others is only a symptom of unforgiveness towards ourselves.
          Your statement above regarding the “grace & love speak” & the indignance that “We can’t act like we haven’t wanted someone to pay for their mistakes” is a huge sign post that you need to forgive yourself & received the free gift of God’s forgiveness for you no matter what you’ve ever done! Jesus’ blood is powerful enough to cover the most horrid sin ever commited by mankind, so it absolutely will cover yours.
          As I write this, I can hear you may be saying, “but I’m already saved!” That’s not what I’m talking about here. We can believe & have eternal life & never receive His forgiveness for ourselves.
          You are precious in His sight & He created you with special gifts that only you have. His desire is for you to discover just how wonderful He is & just how madly in love with you He is. All you simply must do is receive.
          Blessings,
          ~amy

          • Brittney

            Amy,

            Thank you so much!

            If you listened a little closer you would hear the words “for your judgement” on the end of that sentence. Need help with the board in your eye? It must have blocked you from reading that I didn’t keep accounts on anyone. Appreciate it.

            I’m not coming back to this blog ever again, probably much to the author’s relief. I made a mistake and followed a link on a friend’s facebook, so don’t bother responding but feel free to add me to your self righteous prayer list. I’ll save a spot for you on mine.

            In His grip,
            -Brittney

  • Jeromy

    I would hope we would all remember the woman about to be stoned to death and Jesus stepped in and said those who are innocent cast the first stone, or when it says if you hate your brother you are guilty of murder. Realistically innocent or guilty our response should be on of grace and love. At some point we need to stop talking about the ways of Jesus and flesh them out. Unfortunately too many Cayley’s have walked into our church only to feel rejected and never return.

  • (Did not see one minute of her on TV, btw!)

    Yep, let her come in!

    But, keep her away from the children’s ministry.

    “Wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove.”

    Grace does not mean we are stupid, but it does allow us to show kindness. After all, that ultimately is what the Bible says leads to repentance.

  • Brianna

    If anyone should welcome her with open arms it should be te church. From the outside looking in the entire family needs to be in church. They have a story, whether true or false, and they at sticking to it. God does know the truth and he is the only judge that really matters, period. Things that are done in the darkness will be brought to light. We reap what we sow. While I’m saddened by the horrible circumstances that did happen to little Caylee I’m aware that there is nothing I could do but know that God knows the truth and he will do what needs to be done in his time. He knows if she deserves punishment or if she deserves acceptance.

  • How would we respond to a man who had another man killed so he could have his wife for himself?

    I suspect we wouldn’t sing his songs for worship…

    How would we react if a man responsible for the death and imprisonment of many Christians walked in on Sunday?

    We probably wouldn’t preach from letters he wrote…

    What would we do if a radical, anti-religious guy came in railing against the way we punch our time clock on Sunday and forget about God the rest of the week. Then after church he went over to Casey’s house for dinner.

    We probably wouldn’t worship Him as Lord and Savior…

  • amykay

    but why do we have to wait for her to walk through our church doors to give her grace?

    do we speak with grace when other speak ill of her now? do we pray for her now, before she asks for it? what if she never chooses to walk through your church’s doors, but she encounters thousands of people who love Christ in her lifetime?

    we treat it differently ‘if someone were to walk in your church’ but they are the same person now. she needs grace now. God doesn’t wait for us to respond before offering us grace over and over and over.

    • Great point. I love this.

    • Los

      yes. love this…

  • daveu

    I have no doubt how the church I attend would respond. Sure, there would be plenty of folks (including myself) that would initially want to spit on her and curse her. It wouldn’t happen, however. I don’t love everything about the church I attend..i do love the leadership that, daily, exhlbits Christ-like grace and acceptance. My pastor is hardcore when it comes to grace. The congregation buys in to this. No b.s. Come as you are.

  • Eryke

    Whether she did it or not, She can be forgiven. It would be nice to see this much outrage over abortion. IMO there ‘s no difference.

    • Los

      hmmmmmmmmmm

  • Brittney

    Right, right, right…I forgot. So today we’re not judging Casey Anthony, we’re judging each other. Just trying to keep up everyone!

    • Dan

      Ad hominem quips are pretty common place in American discussions these days… especially the online type discussion. I wonder how we would respond to each other in this thread if we were face to face? Sorry you’re feeling judged. Just another instance where even the most well-meaning person (and someone who is attempting to find forgiveness for Casey Anthony certainly is well-meaning I would think) can fall short of extending love laterally. Thank you for your contribution to the discussion.

  • Marie

    I have been arrested once before. Because of various legal circumstances, the matter is still unresolved. I am absolutely guilty. I know this. I actually wondered if it would be right for me to plead “not guilty” if it came to trial. There is still a chance that my case might be dismissed if certain evidence isn’t able to be submitted. The thing about the courts is that they will never be perfect. Humans are never able to be perfect judges. We can do our best, but God is the only one who knows the truth.

    One of my first introductions to some of my now good-friends at my church came because I wanted prayer for my legal troubles. The first thing they knew about me is that I was in this awful situation. And every single one of them prayed for me, loved me, and supported me. One woman whom I had met exactly once said she would meet me at the courthouse so I didn’t have to be alone. That was one of the kindest gestures I have ever received.

  • How I WANT to respond: Grace filled. This matter is out of my hands and in God’s. I can’t throw stones and would love to be able to be able to offer a second chance to her.

    How I probably WOULD respond: Fear. Not fearful of her, but fearful of acting the way I want to in front of other people because of what they might think.

    How the church will PROBABLY respond: Exile. maybe not outright and chase her down the street with torches. But there are silent ways of casting someone out by ignoring, gossiping, snearing, etc. I know because it’s happened to me.

  • Elizabeth

    I think they would treat her better than I’ve been treated in church. And I didn’t murder anyone. No wonder people run from God when Christians crucify first.

  • Jeremy

    I think it is easier to talk about doing the right thing than actually doing it. I pray that I would be loving and full of grace, but I can’t promise that I would. I have a lot of growing to do, that I am confident. I do agree though, keep her FAR away from any children’s wing or department!

  • Joshua

    This is a great question. I asked it on my Facebook (sorry it’s private, otherwise there is some great posts you could see), and it’s gotten some great response. One person pointed out:

    “Paul killed a lot more people than she ever will.”

    I love it. Great topic Carlos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brittany

    I was kind of struggling with this idea on Tuesday. After much prayer, I realized she deserves the same forgiveness as the rest of us and the idea that God can provide her wuth that shows once again how much bigger He is than us. Why should we be forgiven for what we have done if she isn’t? Thanks for posting!

  • Cheryle

    We pray and pray and pray for her soul. Pray that whatever possessed her to behave the way she did before, and especially after, Caylee’s death is over. That she becomes a good, and productive citizen. That she somehow makes reparation for her sins (whether that includes killing her daughter on purpose or purposely covering a tragic accident only she and God know).
    I would welcome her in my church. If she were honestly looking to change her ways….I’d do whatever I could to help her.
    I fully believe she killed that baby, but legally she’s off the hook. God is her only judge now.

  • This is very well said/asked Carlos.

  • We’re all dead, convicted and condemned except for God’s grace. I am as shocked as anyone, but the bottom line is that she’s loved by God and our call is clear. We gotta be the church that loves those we consider unlovable. Jesus came for those in need of a savior and I believe she definitely needs a savior.

  • Sean

    Only Casey, God and Caylee know if she really did it. I under stand why people are mad and how this feels like there isn’t any justice for Caylee but there is know way for us to make that judgment. You can Tweet, Blog, FaceBook, and Talk about it all you want it still isn’t going to change that fact that Caylee is gone or that Casey was found not guilty.

    I would hope and pray that if she came in to my church that everyone would open there arms and show her Gods love and grace, but lets be truthful here we are all humans and what you think and how you really feel will come out when you are face to face with her.

    Right now all we can do is pray that Casey will be safe when she is let out and that she finds herself at the feet of Christ. I know for a fact that if she seeks refuge in Christ the she will be forgiven and shown what true love and grace really is.

  • Natasha

    Vengeance is mine says the Lord…He will repay…we all have been forgiven of much and sin is sin none greater or smaller…the Lord knows her heart if she is truly sorry and sincere and repented…I know storys of many killers come to Christ…the bible tell you if your angry with your brother without a cause you have committed murder in your heart….and how many have done that…it won’t be easy knowing what she did to just forgive….but give it up to the Lord and show her love…..the Lord can work on her heart and change her

  • Christians should lift Casey Anthony up in our prayers.

    We are therefore Christโ€™s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christโ€™s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

  • Joy

    I am just curious what your source is for stating that the largest outcry has been from Christians? I am not disagreeing with you but I have yet to see that kind of statistic anywhere yet, how did you find that out?

    • Los

      It’s my statistic. From the Carlos database. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just what I have seen in the news sites.

      • Joy

        Ok. I appreciate your honesty. I like your article – I shared it on Facebook and had some commenters ask about your source for that statement, so I would just watch out when saying things like that because you may unintentionally get people riled up ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Carlos getting people riled up? Never. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Sammie

            Sensationalism sells. We decry it when the media does it, but then we blog the hot topic on everyone’s mind, then brag about how many people comment and Facebook share it or tweet it. All the while thinking we’re better because we’re not like the rest of them. Noooo, we’re better.

  • Bea

    I have not taken the time to read all the comments, as much as I would like to. However, I would like to say that this is a very heartbreaking situation. If Casey came to my church, I can only hope that we would welcome her with open arms. We are all sinners — some of us have just received forgiveness through God’s mercy. I have learned through heartbreak of my own that for me to forgive someone does not require that they “confess” or even acknowledge that they did anything wrong. My job is just to forgive so that God can forgive me — and believe me, I need the forgiveness, not for murder or any of the big things but for the little, thoughtless, unintentional things I do everyday. I have to believe the jury saw and heard things that were not available to the general public and that they made their decision of “not guilty” based on that and on the law as they understood it. Our laws are not perfect, but then neither are we. We just have to do the best we can to show God’s love and mercy that is available to us all — even child molesters and murderers — and let God take care of the rest.

  • Audrey

    One thing we all need to remember is that repentance does not have to come through a public display, do we all repent publically or do we find comfort in the fact that we can ask for our forgiveness behind ‘closed doors’ just us and Christ. If Casey Anthony came to my church, I would be elated as we all should as Christians, and there would be no need for a mediation session over it, I would just be glad, for all those who come to Christ are my brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • I pray to God that she walks into my church this Sunday! I know what a sinner I am and it is no different that her sin. I was forgiven and I pray she finds the same.

    I believe John Newton said it best, “I am a great sinner and I have a great Savior.”

    Anyone out there who refuses to offer grace better check themselves to see if they have any right to believe they are in Christ.

    MY sin is no different than Casey’s sin. Is yours?

  • I would hope she would be welcomed with Love and Grace. She needs more than a bulletin. She needs a hug! I would hope that she would walk away feeling loved by people and knowing that God loves her. I wish we did a better jobs loving sinners! My sins are just as offensive as hers. My pride and lack faith are no worse or better than her accused murder. Always amazes me to see and hear Christians be the 1st to judge when we have been forgiven. Our pews and pulpits are full of vile sinners. Forgiven. Unfortunately neither Grace or Casey is welcome at most churches. I do help that somewhere along the way Casey meets Grace…..

    I think U2 Said it pretty well..

    Grace

    Grace, she takes the blame
    She covers the shame
    Removes the stain
    It could be her name

    Grace…
    It’s a name for a girl
    It’s also a thought that, changed the world
    And when she walks on the street
    You can hear the strings
    Grace finds goodness in everything

    Grace, she’s got the walk
    Not on a ramp or on chalk
    She’s got the time to talk
    She travels outside of karma, karma
    She travels outside… of karma

    When she goes to work, you can hear the strings
    Grace finds beauty in everything

    Grace…
    She carries a world on her hips
    No champagne flute for her lips
    No twirls or skips between her fingertips
    She carries a pearl in perfect condition

    What once was hurt
    What once was friction
    What left a mark
    No longer stings…
    Because Grace makes beauty
    Out of ugly things

    Grace finds beauty in everything

  • If I may just retweet Matthew Barnett. “Casey Anthony innocent? It’s like Barrabas going free.”

    Quite literally Jesus life set Barrabas free from his guilt. So while we may love to cast the first stone at the sinner Jesus likes to set them free.

    • TMGrimmett

      Agree, Jesus sets the captives free.
      Amen Billy!

  • My heart hurt when I got on FB that day and mostly all my Christian friends were responding to the news in the worst way possible. Never thought about her coming to my church. But the church should love her with open arms just like Jesus. I am happy to say that I do go to a very loving church and I would like to think they would love her. Thanks for this blog post!

  • TMGrimmett

    You know, all this reminds me of the some by Casting Crowns. Obviously, her home life is as many are dysfunctional. I think she is running, and now she will be running from the ghosts in her mind if she did do this. To much junk in my own trunk to cast a stone…

    She is running
    A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction
    She is trying
    But the canyon’s ever widening
    In the depths of her cold heart
    So she sets out on another misadventure just to find
    She’s another two years older
    And she’s three more steps behind

    Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?
    Or does anybody even know she’s going down today
    Under the shadow of our steeple
    With all the lost and lonely people
    Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
    Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?

    She is yearning
    For shelter and affection
    That she never found at home
    She is searching
    For a hero to ride in
    To ride in and save the day
    And in walks her prince charming
    And he knows just what to say
    Momentary lapse of reason
    And she gives herself away

    Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?
    Or does anybody even know she’s going down today
    Under the shadow of our steeple
    With all the lost and lonely people
    Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
    Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?

    If judgment looms under every steeple
    If lofty glances from lofty people
    Can’t see past her scarlet letter
    And we’ve never even met her

    If judgment looms under every steeple
    If lofty glances from lofty people
    Can’t see past her scarlet letter
    And we’ve never even met her

    Never even met her
    (Never Even Met her)

    (OHHHHH)Does anybody hear her? Does anybody see?
    Or does anybody even know she’s going down today
    Under the shadow of our steeple
    With all the lost and lonely people
    Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me

    Does anybody hear her? (Does anybody hear her?) Does anybody see? (Does anybody See?)
    Does anybody even know she’s going down today?
    Under the shadow of our steeple (shadow of her steeple)
    With all the lost and lonely people (Lost and Lonely people)
    Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
    Does anybody hear her? Does anybody see?

    She is running a hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction

  • Great post Carlos. Asking good questions that we all need to wrestle with. Thinking through those questions does nothing to diminish how much it sucks that Caylee’s life was cut way, way too short, or the desire to find out what happend. But great questions to wrestle with as Christians and how we are to respond to others.

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  • Don

    Many posters have provided answers that presuppose more than we know or can know (at least, initially). John the Baptist required the Pharisees to “bring fruits in keeping with repentance” prior to his accepting them at face value. Casey Anthony, whether she murdered her daughter or not, is complicit to one degree or another, and if she were to walk into a church this next Lord’s Day she should be expected to demonstrate a commensurate change of heart from what we all have observed during and after her trial (thus far).
    The church is a place of God-ordained government (just like the family and the state), and thus cannot simply turn a blind eye to the fact this woman may have actually committed a heinous crime against her two-year old child. Yes, the church should be a place of acceptance for repentant sinners, but no, it should not simply throw its arms open wide to whoever comes strolling through the door. We need to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.

    • I love this sentence:

      “…and thus cannot simply turn a blind eye to the fact this woman may have actually committed a heinous crime…”

      It puts both a concrete and a hypothetical together, a “fact” that a person “may have” done something. Hilarious, and the exact reason why it isn’t in our hands as a church. The state judges, but most of all God supremely judges. All we are called to do is meet people where they are and draw them closer to Jesus.

      Tim

  • I don’t see her walking into any church (or any public place for that matter) this coming Sunday. If I was her, I would hunker down with a few people I knew I could trust. I would be incognito for more than a few months!
    People (churched and unchurched) have called for her head for months. Now that it isn’t going to happen, you can bet there will be those more than willing to “speak their mind” to her, in church or not.
    As Christians, I believe we should meet everyone we meet with grace and mercy. We don’t know enough to condemn. We don’t know enough to do anything but meet someone with grace and mercy…for, this is what God has met us with. This is what he calls us to meet others with as we bear his name.

    Tim

  • Kathryn

    “…but if all that we do, is absent of Jesus, then this so called Love, is completely in vain….” MM

    I don’t think we can judge her, but she still needs to be held accountable, for the lies. It’s not the churches or anyone elses place to decide if she did it or not. It’s our job to love her, and make her aware that if she has done something wrong, to whatever extent, she needs to repent. Just like the rest of us.
    That should be the churches role. Invite her in, educate her on the blood, and move on. It’s up to her to make the choice. We don’t even need to know the outcome. Preach it and keep a goin’.

  • As far as “Most of the shock has come from the Christian community”, I’m not sure if that is accurate. I think most people who have followed the case at all are shocked. That’s probably what if feels like to you and others of us that are believers because that’s who we mainly hang with: Jesus people.

    As far as how the church would and should respond, depends. I think it would be a mixed bag. I would imagine if she were to walk into a church and was met with grace she would be taken back as that is not the reaction she is getting from many people, Christian or not.

    • But to clarify HOW we should respond, grace, love and forgiveness just like we have received and hopefully like we would show anyone, regardless of their background or current state.

  • I tweeted when the verdict was read, “Not sure what I believe about Ms. Anthony and her actions, but let me be among the first to say, Casey Anthony, welcome to @POTSC.”

    You know who was a murderer? Saul. You know what he ended up doing. Loving Jesus a lot. Serving Jesus a lot.

    You know who was found guilty, and sentenced to death, for EVERY SIN ever? Jesus. Yah. Jesus juked. That just happened.

    Maybe she killed her daughter, maybe she just neglected her, maybe she’s a sick individual, and did find her drowned, and hid the body, and then went out partying because she doesn’t know how to cope with life. Maybe she didn’t do any of those, and is grieving the loss of innocent little Kaylee.

    In ANY of those situations, there is only one thing that can truly heal her. The Awesome love of our God, and we can help shine that love. As a matter of fact, we’re commanded to do so. I don’t know what the question is?

  • I assume that everyone who comes through the door is there to learn something or pacify a loved one. We have more people who have seen the inside of a jail cell and courtroom than you can shake a stick at. At one time we could have had a pack a pew(even though we have chairs) with those on ankle monitors.
    Yeah we would all probably look.. she has received some celebrity.. but if she is there, she will be greeted, treated and welcomed. She will hear the word of God and if she indicates she wants a new life Christ will be shared, she will be prayed with and guided. If she wants to continue in her ways BUT demands a new outcome she will be given the signature look and told, “well, Duh”. Basically, she would be treated just like any of you.

  • I think it’s important to understand that the judicial system and God’s kingdom are two different worlds with different people and different consequences. Even as a born-Christian and living on Earth for years, I don’t have either one figured out well, let alone how these worlds would collide.

    How I would respond?
    I do know we each of us will have to give an account of ALL our actions to the Lord Almighty when it’s all over. No exceptions. I hope mine has more love than hate/judgment. Love that protects (our families and victims too) and also doesn’t fail others too (believers/non-believers alike). I’m not perfect and will make mistakes doing this. I thank God for grace.

    How people and the church would actually respond? Frankly, varying degrees of love and spite because people will be people. (I know this may sound dismissive but I mean it not that way…we all come from different places of grace and backgrounds who will respond differently). Hope the Christ community will be thoughtful in our response…

    • Practically speaking, if Casey were to walk into my church, I would be OK to be in the same room for worship. Say hello, welcome, and keep it simple.

      I am not in control of how she is in God’s eyes. But I wouldn’t throw stones at her, as someone graciously said up there.

  • Respond in LOVE! Jesus loves her & so should we. Sin is sin. Lying is a sin, murder is a sin, BOTH will get you to hell if not repented of. Forgiveness is the key!! Love, Love, Love!

  • I guess I agree with the people saying we need to extend grace and love her and stuff. But I wouldn’t recognize her if she came to my church. I barely even know the most basic outline of the court details. That’s on purpose. I don’t need to know the details.

    One of our staff members was involved in some seriously heavy illegal stuff before he became a Christian. He ended up with a miraculously light punishment when he was taken to court. I wish I could remember more details. One of our pastors (at least one, maybe more) was into serious drugs before he became a Christian. At our church we have prostitutes and drug dealers who get saved and their lives change. Because I know people who have been so transformed, because my own life has been transformed, I don’t think I’d ever be able to call someone hopeless. It doesn’t mean I’m not cautious about certain people, but I don’t think anyone is beyond hope until they’re dead.

    So to answer the question: if I met Casey Anthony at my church, it’d probably be awkward small-talk, because that’s about all I do when I meet people. I think I wouldn’t want to pry or make her feel weird, so I would probably stick to neutral topics. And yeah, I’d probably be cautious. If she wasn’t openly hostile to me, then I’d probably be as OK as with any other visitor.

  • Sammie

    See if she’s available to babysit Friday night.

    You know, since she’s not guilty. And we’re so full of grace.

  • Frank

    There is no such thing as “your church.” There is “the” church which can only respond in one way. LOVE! Anything less than love is human emotion.

  • “My grace is enough. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9.

    Jesus sat with the meek, he healed the sick, he gave sight to the blind, and he died on a cross for each and every one of us. No expections.

    And I believe if Jesus ran into Casey today he would hug her and call her His. He would love her, as he loves her now, and he would welcome her into his presence with open arms.

    As the bride of Christ, then, shouldnt we respond the same?

    If the gospel of Jesus is only for the religious pharasees then it would have died years ago, with them, in their graves. But it didn’t. It continues, it thrives in the heartbeats of the raggamuffins, the broken hearted, the beat down, the meek.

    God tells us his grace is enough.

    Well then that’s the answer.

    It’s ENOUGH.

    Final Answer.

    Casey if you walk into my church this sunday there is a hug waiting for you. I can’t possibly know what actually happened because I wasn’t there. I can’t possbily assume the guilt or shame or fear or regret or frustration you feel…because I’m not you. I have no idea what you are going through, no idea where you have been. But what i can tell you is this…. MY GOD is bigger. He is bigger than any hurdle you face or any valley you’ve found yourself in. He is bigger than the hurts and sins or cruelty of this world. He loves you now, where you are, as you are. Even if the world can’t understand what’s going on, even if I can’t understand, God can and does and will always.

    Grace is the FREE and UNmerited GIFT of GOD.

    It is not earnable.

    I cannot earn it.
    Casey cannot earn it.

    I am a lost sheep who needs a savior.
    Casey is a lost sheep who needs a savior.

    Grace is enough… our response should be lived through that statement.

  • Amazing how it’s either/or for most people.

  • Robbie

    If Casey Anthony showed up at my church, I would instruct her to please leave immediately, go directly to the police, tell them exactly what happened to her daughter, the whole truth. I would tell her she is not welcome in this church unless she does this because not only do we believe God is Love, but we also believe God is Truth.

    • Katie

      That is a load of crap! Jesus never once said “You’re too bad for me to love.” Jesus loves the meek, the hurting, the sinful, the scarred – He died for them. My judgement on her and her situation doesn’t matter, because it’s not my place to judge her. She will stand before Christ one day, and it will be between Jesus and Casey – no one else will be added in the mix. But the coolest thing in the world would be to see Casey find God’s love, feel God’s grace, and for her to begin to love Him back. That would be a testimony to the greatness, awesomeness, and power of Jesus. But what happens in her heart is not for any of us to judge. It is up to us to LOVE her. Period. End of Story.

      • amymay

        Amen Katie. Where is the love in your judgment of her? How do you know she hasn’t told the whole truth? Do you know anything more than what the media has told you?

        And by the way…she was just tried in a murder case and found Not Guilty so I am pretty sure the police were already involved…guess she is just out of luck when it comes to your church huh? Lucky her.

        • Sammie

          WOW. A judgmental comment telling someone not to judge. Props to amymay.

          • amymay

            I never said that I was perfect and I never claimed that I don’t judge. It was an honest response…perhaps out of anger or disgust. You are right Sammie and thanks for calling me out.

            Robbie, I apologize for judging you and your church. I am sure that you believe your heart to be in the right place. I simply choose to disagree with your position.

    • Los

      Then I would also instruct everyone else in our church to leave as well… Oh. And you should lock the door on the way out.

      • Rebecca

        Well said, Los! I once heard it said, “If you find a ‘perfect’ church, you’d better not go there, because once you set foot inside the door you will have ruined it.”

        I, for one, would never want to attend Robbie’s church.

        • Rebecca

          Point of the saying I quoted being that there are no “perfect” churches because they are made up of sinners…and if you’re hunting around for a perfect church, the effort it futile…especially once you walk in the door and add your own sin to the mix. ๐Ÿ™‚

          The point is not “don’t go to church because your sins are too great,” as Robbie’s comment seemed to imply.

  • amymay

    It is so easy to sit here and comment on the life of a person I don’t know. I only know what the media has told me about Casey and her situation. It seems easy for me make judgments concerning her innocence or guilt, her character, and the state of her soul but I don’t really know her. I ask myself (after reflecting on my own beautiful and ridiculously messy walk in faith) when did I put myself in a position to pass judgment? I think of the adulterous woman in the Bible that was caught in the act and brought to Jesus. She was indeed guilty and deserved death and Jesus said, Let he who has never sinned cast the first stone. All the people left that day and the woman was left with Jesus, the only one worthy enough to cast the first stone…and he asked, has no one condemned you? Nor do I go and sin no more. I get it, sin is sin…but I am guilty of sin. The tragedy of a little girl’s life lost is deeply painful but I don’t get to cast stones. How will she know the love that Jesus showed the adulterous woman if I don’t show it to her? Redemption can be hers (and I believe she needs it regardless of her guilt or innocence) but why would she cry out to Jesus if all his followers are standing with rocks at the ready? I got kicked out of church because I choose to be friends with Muslims and Buddhists…so I can’t really say what I would do if she came to church. I only hope that God would give me the wisdom to show her some compassion and love.

  • It’s HIS kindness that leads us to repentance…We are often how He shows his Kindness…not us saying REPENT and then we’ll be nice to you.

    Having sat with and talked to 7 convicted murders on Death Row, I can with confidence and experience say that my demanding their repentance gets me no where. Showing them a gentle, forgiving spirit knowing full well the depths of their darkness, shatters their hardened hearts, and allows them to choose repentance in an attempt to find peace and rest for their tortured souls.

  • Martin

    How do you (meaning I) respond?

    I admit I am an emotional person. I also become very angry when I hear of injustice and inhumane treatment of any kind.

    So when I hear of a little girl being killed and no one admitting to the death or justice not being served I want so much to get involved immediately so I can say my piece and make sure the person responsible is punished.

    However, I believe In Jesus’ justice and his teachings far more. They are better than mine. Jesus tells me if I even hate my brother I am a murderer. Jesus also tells me I will not be able to carry any kind of good judgement until I remove the large log from my eye. And scripture is clear in telling me a fruit of the Spirit, the same spirit Christ had, is self-control. I am no different than any of you. I am judgmental. I feel rage. But I also know the work of Christ in me is what has made me who I am today, and there is absolutely no possible way for me to respond to Casey Anthony’s presence in my church’s facility, without first submitting myself to Christ’s authority.

    How should the church respond?

    This kind of question is always difficult as there are so many feelings surrounding these cases. Personally I see nothing wrong with a cautious response (ie won’t let her babysit my children or help in the church nursery) but even such a guarded response has to be underlined and ruled by grace and love. Our approach to Casey Anthony when she walks through our welcoming church doors cannot be based on her past history or even the current news surrounding her name. Our response has to be motivated by the message of love our Savior brought us and commanded us to carry on.

    Is it okay to be be guarded, yes, we are guarded with any person who comes to our gatherings. We don’t allow our children to be taught by someone who has not shown some kind of integrity. Part of the work of a church is to provide and model trustworthy leadership. However, any kind of treatment we provide or see fit must bring glory to God and be infused with love.

    How would a church actually respond?

    Honestly, I think through the reaction on this blog and other sources we have already seen a glimpse of the Church’s response. How would a local group of believer’s respond? I believe they would respond the best way they know how. Which means anybody and everybody who is a leader should be ready to model the grace-filled and truth-revealing message Christ taught us.

  • I’m thinking how should one respond to a innocent mother who was falsely accused, sent to jail, and then went through a horrendous trial. The media and public opinion found her guilty, but the government system we have in place did not. She could very well be innocent in all this.

    • Amen! She could very well be innocent!

  • Jerry

    As a jail administrator, I have encountered many many murderers, rapists, child abusers, pedophiles etc.
    If the court orders them to prison, I put them on a bus. If they are ordered released I send them to the exit. It has never been my duty to judge or punish them.
    As a Christian it has always been my duty to tell them that God loves them not because, but despite. Countless have written me letters thankful for that little kick-start. Repent and turn to God? That’s a sort of backwards. God will meet them where they are even when we can’t.

  • Luke

    a flood of emotions fills my brain and heart when i watch videos or read news stories about this whole situation. if i can be honest, if casey came to my front door and needed shelter my first and initial reaction would be to tell her to go to hell for what she did. but in saying that i know that there have been many people in my life that have wanted to say that to me for the things i have done, and they didnt. instead they were Jesus Christ in the flesh to me. they listened and cared, and through that i understood grace. we have no idea what she was going through or really anything for that matter beyond what the media is telling us, and yet based on that we sit in our homes (me included) and pass judgment. the right answer is always LOVE. but sometimes its just not always the one you want to use first. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melissa

    Whether she was found guilty or not doesn’t matter. Once the case was brought before the world, we judged her. We found her guilty on day one. But aren’t we all? Aren’t we all guilty for sin in our lives? No sin is worse then the other in the eyes of Christ. So why are we being so judgmental to a person who probably needs Christian support in a time of desperation. We will never know the reason that Caylee was killed and most will probably never understand how anyone could do that, but we still need to keep her in our prayers and we need to extend her the grace that we were given. We still need to show her that she too can be forgiven – regardless of if she is guilty or not.

  • Angela

    I still have many questions, but only Casey and her family REALLY know what happened. We are not to judge Casey Anthony…we all sin and are not perfect… only God is the perfect one. I think the church should try to help her. I know that is what God would do. He loves the sinner, but does not like the sin.

    • angela

      i truely believe in being Christlike and sometimes its hard, the flesh wants to overtake…But God is the ultimate judge, He has the final say….I pray for this entire family, and i know this little angel is in Heaven now with our father, never to be hurt again.

  • A.

    Gosh, I’m so all over the place on this one. I could say a bunch of pretty, holy words, but I’m not interested in trying to score points in the Holy Roller Bowl right now. This is a tough issue, period. No, I don’t see most of the condemnation coming from Christians. I think most of society in general is agreeing on the verdict. As for the church, though, yes, we should welcome her, but since we’re just humans, it will take a dose of the Holy Spirit to help us. This love thing is hard; I can do it only with God’s help (oh no, I’m sounding holy!). Oh well, back to shaking my head over this. I do hope, though, that we don’t take the not judging part to the extent that we as society never hold anyone accountable for their actions.

  • @MikeT007

    The authority God has put in place and has established found her not guilty! Does that mean she didn’t do it? NO! Does that mean she did do it? NO! Only God and Casey know! How should we respond? Let’s take the planks out of our own eyes before trying to attack someone about theirs! After all, ALL SIN IS EQUAL!!!!!

  • Jaime

    I have been in church my whole life and have witnessed how people who call themselves “Christians”, act toward other people who they believe have committed a “big” sin. They say nothing to the coworker who is cheating on their spouse, or the friend who is living and having sex with someone they’re not married to, or the group of people who get together at the end of church service to gossip about other people in their church. Those are ignored and they say it’s not their business to interfere. So they pray God will change those peoples hearts and let them know what they’re doing is wrong. But let someone break into their house and steal their belongings, or a coworker starts spreading untrue gossip about them at work, or maybe even someone they’ve never met, doesn’t get what they believe to be a harsh enough punishment by our Justice system. That same christian will not pray that these sinners find God and that he will change them. They preach condemnation and that they will “get what they deserve” one day. We don’t get to make some sins bigger than others, for God views them all the same. And the facts are, if any of these above sinners ask for forgiveness and for Jesus to come into their heart and make them new, then he will. They will go to heaven just like the “Christians” that condemned them. So that’s how the church and Christians should respond to ALL sin. With love for that sinner and prayers that they will one day experience life change through Jesus. For he called us to be his body and show people who he is by who we are. Are your actions and words showing Jesus to nonbelievers, or do they see someone else in you?

  • *shudder* as I read through this string of comments I just kept thinking “what if she read this? how would she feel about faith/God/ and the church if she saw us discussing her like a project to be solved?”

  • JC

    I’m in agreement with Brittney. I’d love to say that I could reach out and be all lovey dovey and embrace her, but I guess all of you are much better than I. I can’t also help but think that many of you WOULD and DO in reality judge many others for their actions, knowingly or unknowingly. Would you feel different if Manson walked in? Do you welcome abortion doctors, women who’ve had abortions, rapists, etc. with the same open arms?
    If your mother/daughter/sister were savagely raped and killed, would you embrace the killer? I have a very hard time believing that one would so readily, at least w/o serious trepidation. We are human.
    I personally would hope and pray that she finds Christ and I pray for that. But the human in me is being “real” (right or wrong), that I would want nothing to do with her. She is a liar and a sociopath.
    Sorry, just keeping it “real”.

  • My abortion – murder
    Lying about my abortion – Lying Murder
    Christian when I had my abortion – Hypocrital Lying Murder
    Lying about my Abortion as a Christian – Hypocrital, Lying Murder Undeserving of grace, peace, and forgiveness.

    SOME OF YOU AGREE. SOME OF YOU ARE ANGRY THAT I POSTED THAT ON HERE.

    I was raped. by my father. I was afraid. I wasn’t looking for help, I wanted to die, I was looking for death.

    Jesus came to give life and give it abundantly. if we don’t let Jesus give what he died for – then why do we worship the fact that He died?

  • I have read most (because there are many) responses and have watched as my Christian brothers and sisters in Christ point fingers at Casey, her legal team, her family, and the jury. Last I checked, we are ALL wretched and undeserving of the grace the Lord has extended. Are we forgetting the Lord’s sovereignty over ALL THINGS? I would hop that if she walked into BRCC tomorrow, that she would open her mind and that her heart be soften to hear the Word of God and that the Lord would reach her and renew her. I pray that this be a second chance for her to come to know Jesus and what He did for us. All we can do as believers is pray that she will allow the Lord to take over her life and that she grow spiritually. It doesn’t matter what she has done, God Forgives. He has done so for each and everyone of His followers. I also pray that she may be able to seek help in form of therapy by a competent professional. Thank you Los for this post! Good forum for the church.

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  • How would Jesus react to the trial and verdict? Jesus would say: “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”. God gives eternal “sentences” to nations in the now, and people for eternity. If she is guilty and does not repent and ask Jesus into her heart, then God will give her the sentence she deserves. We are not to stand in the place of God.

    I know someone who was born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and finally figured it out at the age of 48. So he is not legally able to exercise a lawsuit and get justice for what was done to him because of the length in time that has already transpired. How many of you are right now angry about this situation I just described, and how many of you desire to give some money to this person to see justice carried out. I bet not one of you.

    Those of you who want to cast a stone, turn around and walk away, because you are just as guilty as the people who would not cast the first stone after Jesus confronted them.

    • sonia

      George, don’t bet, I and many people would like to help that person, don’t generalize.Here we should talk about the motive why people cast Casey. Not everyone does so by the pain caused by the little girl’s death. I know many people that just want to condemn her to “celebrate” their own “innocence” . Not everyone is hurt by Caylee’s suffering and death. I myself think that she should have been held responsible for at least child neglect if not abuse (she confessed in her letters to an inmate that she used to give Caylee chloroform because “Caylee had a hard time sleeping). I think so because my heart breaks for the little girl that her mom gave her that chemical to knock her down. I go with what Casey herself confessed. I am not talking about the tape or, or shopping and partying. What about future Caylees, chloroforms, suffering, horror, loneliness, should we just sit back and allow all this happen again? This is not Grace, this is callled IGNORANCE.

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