Crying For Caylee But Not the Unborn

(Originally posted on 7/6/11)

Along with many of you, I have been watching some of the coverage on the Casey Anthony trial.

One thing that has shocked me about it all is the fact that thousands of people have been so passionately engrossed over Caylee Anthony’s death.  The program I watched last night called this two-year old, “the child that won a nation’s heart.”  Repeatedly they showed clips of a large group of people outside the court-house chanting “justice for Caylee, justice for Caylee!”

Does anyone else smell the hypocrisy here?

Our nation, from 1973 up through 2008, according to the “Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life” has aborted 50,766,331 babies.[1]  In the year 2000, there were only 23 countries in the entire world that had populations that were higher than that number.[2]  To put it in perspective, there were 21.875 million people who claimed to be citizens of Australia in 2009.  So where is the outcry for these 50 million Caylee Anthony-to-be’s?  Where are the tears over the millions and millions of defenseless persons who have been intentionally put to death by their mothers?

Thousands and thousands of people are enraged over the “not-guilty” verdict delivered this week.  The jury found Casey not guilty primarily because there were too many questions regarding how she was killed or how she died–it was uncertain.  However, no abortion is surrounded with such uncertainty; there is no cloud of confusion that mystifies the events making them hard to understand.  A woman simply chooses to do away with her baby.  Period.  There is no discussion about who did it or how they were killed as in the Casey Anthony trial.  Yet, somehow, thousands of Americans are enraged over the much more gray situation being discussed in a courthouse in downtown Orlando.

Why?  Honestly, I can’t say…  I do know, however, that when I heard the verdict my first instinct was to call it into question.  I doubted their judgment.  I doubted our judicial system.  After talking some with my wife and brewing on it a little while I realized my own arrogance and sinful tendency to assume and cast judgment.  Do any of us really think we know better than those jurors who sat in that room for 40 something days and listened to all the evidence and all the arguments?  We listen to a 30 second sound-bite and think we have it nailed.  Who are we?  I want to be better about putting my hand over my mouth when I don’t know all the information.

Moreover, we all need to take the brick out of our own eye before we try and remove the piece of saw dust in our neighbor’s eye.  It’s all too easy for all of us to point out the “error” of another while we sip on our sweet tea and hold the remote in our recliner.  We all think that we would never do such a thing or that if we were in that situation ourselves we would choose a different course of action.  But what about our heinous abortion record?

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), could teach us a lesson on this point.  He wrote as one of his resolutions (#8):

“Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.”

Edwards knew his Bible.  He knew that we all have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and that none can boast before God (Rom. 3:19; 1 Cor. 1:29).  The Bible says that all of our feet are quick to shed blood, that none are righteous, and that our throats are an open grave (Rom. 3:10-18).  We have all gone astray (Isa. 53:6) and without God all of our acts are as filth, even those we deem “good” (Isa. 64:6).  So before we throw a stone at the lady none of us know, would her actions only humble us as people wearing the same flesh as her and who share the same predicament before a holy God…  And let us all humbly ask ourselves whether we are any better.

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