(From a note originally written on Facebook, July 5, 2011.)
The case of Caylee Marie Anthony is as troubling to me as it is to the nation. This little girl met with foul play at the hands of a person or persons unknown. Her own mother was acquitted (but not found innocent) of the crime and no one else was charged. In the minds of many justice was not served.
But what is justice? And must we serve it?
Nothing can undo the death of this child. A hurt cannot undo a hurt. A death cannot undo a death.
There is neither punishment nor compensation that can bring this child back to life. She is gone.
Failed human justice is judgement and The Fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Judgement is the Sin of Adam and Eve. This fruit is bitter, no?
In the great sweep of human history not 1% of all murders have ever been solved. No one was brought to justice.
In the United States it is an historical fact that both men and women have often been wrongfully imprisoned and even executed, only to be found innocent afterward.
There are some, like the fictional Javert (Les Misérables by Victor Hugo) who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of justice, only to discover they’ve wasted their own lives in a Sisyphean task.
Men are blind. God sees all. Mens judgement is perpetually flawed; God’s Judgement is perfect.
In Genesis 4:
When Cain slew Abel he appears to have gotten away with it – even protected, but was he? He was marked as a fugitive for life. A fugitive is a fugitive no matter if someone is in constant pursuit or not. He must always be looking over his shoulder, waiting for God’s final judgement.
To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
1 Samuel 24:12
The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. – Matthew 7
God claims vengeance for Himself.
There is no rest for the wicked. The mark of Cain is upon them. The fugitive carries his guilt wherever he goes and can never set it down.
The story of Cain is about the guilty never being able to enjoy the fruits of the earth.