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The Verdict Heard ‘Round the World

Not Guilty.

Those are the words that shocked the nation. There’s no doubt as to what my Tweet meant at roughly 2:00 pm yesterday which simply read, “#notguilty.” The Casey Anthony trial has fascinated many citizens of this country. The “Tot Mom”, as Nancy Grace nicknamed her, was found Not Guilty for murder and manslaughter, but she was found Guilty for lying to law enforcement. But make no mistake, Casey Anthony will only be remembered for getting away with murder as O.J. Simpson still is.

The reactions from the verdict range from shock to sadness to rage and anger. The celebratory manner in which the defense team immediately participated in was probably ill-advised. I don’t know if Jose Baez is the 2011 version of Johnny Cochran or not but several reactionary comments are calling this verdict – OJ Simpson II. The terms “Johnny Cochran,” “#notguilty”, and “#caseyanthonytrial” were the top three trending topics on Twitter as of roughly 3 pm yesterday. Facebook has had countless mentions of the trial as well including an event that was created to keep your Porch lights on for Caylee Marie Anthony that has well over a million attendees at the time this was written.

I honestly don’t have an opinion because I haven’t been following the case. I have not paid attention to the trial or the media coverage other than the past few days of it. Therefore, I can’t give an analysis on this trial. I can offer prayers and support for the jurors however.

I’ve been involved in the jury selection process and I’ve been picked. I was involved in a local high-profile case that lasted a week. During that week, we saw many witnesses and heard many testimonies. We were given a plethora of information as to why the person was guilty and a multitude of reasons why the person was innocent. We were informed to not take into account certain pieces of evidence, to disregard comments, and not to penalize the defendant for not testifying. We had some witnesses return during the rebuttals. It seemed like a mountain of information to go through; yet, a verdict was reached in less than an hour. The human brain is amazing.

Reaching a verdict can be taxing and overwhelming, but it is a very interesting process. I have no doubt that the jurors took their roles seriously. When someone’s life is in your hands so to speak, a vast majority of people will be diligent in making sure they do the right thing. I seriously doubt all twelve jurors lacked the “responsibility” gene. That being said, I hope the outrage that some feel are not released by committing acts of violence upon these jurors. As of the time of this writing, no juror has chosen to speak and no names have been released.

Hopefully, it’s only a matter of time though before at least one does come forward to explain their reasoning. Hiding and remaining secretive will only prolong the restlessness.

(More on this topic to come.)

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The End is Near

It’s been well publicized, talked about, and joked about. Harold Camping has predicted that tomorrow, May 21st, is the beginning of the end for this precious Earth. The rapture is supposed to happen and the Earth will officially be destroyed in October.

As of the time of this post, #iftheworldendsonsaturday is a trending Twitter topic. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recently published some advice on how to survive a zombie apocalypse although I think it’s unrelated.

The point of this post is not to support or deny Harold Camping’s claims. You probably have already made up your mind and you’re either ready for the rapture or ready to say ‘I told you so’. We firmly believe the Bible in Matthew 24:36 which reads (NIT) “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Conclusion: Nobody will know when it will happen; although, I did have a seminary professor state that while he couldn’t figure out the day or hour, he could figure out the month and the year. Actually he couldn’t, because he was wrong more than once.

The point of this post is simple. The end of the world is going to come at some point and as many pastors have joked before – “We are closer to it now than we have ever been before.” Maybe the rapture does happen tomorrow. Maybe it doesn’t happen until the year 5032 (legal disclaimer: that’s not a prediction by the way). The point is that we should live each day like it is our last. We should hug tight the ones we hold dear. We should make sure we say the words ‘I love you’ so that those we love absolutely know it. I need to do that more… a lot more. The point is that if we live this day, whatever day today is, like it is our last – one day we are going to be right and we can leave this world with peace.

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