People Of The Second Chance is launching a new campaign. The Never Beyond poster series will feature people who are believed to have harmed society. People like Casey Anthony.
I already wrote about her in a previous post. I wrote of grace and forgiveness for a woman who was found not guilty of murdering her child.
What I failed to mention was my judgment of everyone else.
After the verdict, I posted on Facebook that people should stop judging her. I received several comments that caught me off guard. People said she deserved to be stoned or shot. People suggested she try to kill herself but fail so that she has to live with pain.
When I read these comments, I was disgusted. How could people be so hard hearted? So I checked my Twitter feed. Most of my friends on there are Christians, so they would have a different response, right? No, there was just as much hate and just as many vile threats.
I sat back in my chair amazed. How dare they react this way? These people are so wicked and cruel and…
Oh. I was judging them now.
Judging friends, neighbors, and strangers who are voicing their opinion on such a controversial verdict. Judging their hearts, which I decided clearly couldn’t be focused on the love and grace of Jesus (like mine was, right?).
Who did I think I was?
I spoke of forgiveness and second chances for a mother accused of murder, but I wouldn’t forgive these people for their words.
The truth is, not matter what we say or what we do, we are never beyond a second chance. Never.
It’s time to let go of all the hate and judgment.
It’s time to give a second chance. Because we all need one, even if we don’t deserve it.
Want to learn more about People of the Second Chance? Check out their website and become a part of this movement.