It’s a difficult place to be when you realize that God’s grace is extended to everybody.
I remember ten years ago in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on NYC, DC, & the plane that went down in Pennsylvania, struggling with the fact that Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden not only still had chances to accept Christ but that God’s saving grace was extended to them. These men, who were master minds behind the murder of 1000’s of men and women were extended the same grace without deviation that I was and am.
Even – or perhaps especially as Christians we are much more likely accept seeing God’s saving grace given to those who are only moderately bad. The person who drank to much or stole, but not to the murderer of 1000’s or baby killers. After all, God wouldn’t save someone that killed their child – would He?
In the days that followed the verdict of Casey Anthony’s trial, I struggled once again. I’ve been meditating on Grace this year. Joining with over a hundred other bloggers & tweeters who are focusing on One Word during the year. My word is Grace. I’ve been forced to look at others through this lens. Through the lens that God sees them.
Whether or not Casey did kill her child is now between her and God. A jury found her not guilty – and whether you believe they simply passed their judgement in a flippant manner so they could go on their scheduled vacations or if they passed fair judgement for what they truly believed, God is still sovereign.
And in His sovereignty, He can and will extend grace to her. In His eyes you and I are just as guilty as she is.
So, I say it again…it’s a difficult place to be when you realize that God’s grace is extended to everybody. Not only to the perfect or the moderately bad, but to those who may or may not have committed murder. To the rapist and the sexual abuser. To those we write off and pass our own human judgement against because we in our fractured context of grace deem them unworthy of it.
The fact remains, Casey, just like you and just like me and just like Osama Bin Laden, was created in God’s image. He loves her no differently than he loves you, and until she breathes her last she is worthy of God’s grace and salvation.