The Cassie Anthony Verdict: A Lesson by Gary Ellis

The hot story of the week is about the Cassie Anthony trial verdict.  Everybody has a passionate reaction.  That includes what I believe the Lord reverberated in my heart.

On Tuesday afternoon, July 5, I was stunned.  Frankly, I thought the results would be much different than they were.  In fact, I personally believe she is guilty of something much worse than her jury’s decided verdict.  Truthfully, I believe a majority of our citizens believe that.

While thinking about this I asked, “Jesus, please talk to me about this!”  The response that echoed over and over in my heart was, “Where was the Light?” 

That question struck me with a weight that was beyond an application to Cassie Anthony alone.  Although it applied to her as an individual and this specific tragedy, it was a reverberating question that had symbolic implications.

The impact of His question was weighty but was not laced with the heavy tone of accusation that so often happens when people feel guilty about failure.

No one can do much, if anything, about the victims of this specific catastrophe.  But, what about the rest of us right here right now…at least beginning on a heart level?

Where was the light?  That’s a fair and probing question.  Where were those who had truth, light, and life at their disposal that has transforming power?

In part, they were cloistered in Light Communities imprisoned by a system of misunderstandings of what it means to be ambassadors for Christ.  Don’t get me wrong.  Many churches have the best intentions and organize events that, by-in-large, attempt to draw “the world” into their arena to expose them to the Truth.  I’m not bashing those sincere attempted works.

What I am saying is that too many members of good churches see the ministry as a program of their churches to which they may “help out.”  However, they don’t have a personal core value that they, themselves as individuals, are 24/7 ambassadors/ministers.  Secondly, my call is for churches to “get out of the box.” 

In fact I believe we have to get out of the traditional boxes of what “evangelism” looks like and how it functions.  We have to have an expanded vision of “methodology.”

Focused group efforts are good and a necessary part of the equation, but light belongs in darkness.  We must get naturally supernatural and creative in how we do our “fishing.”

In my opinion, Cassie Anthony could have been redeemed from the life that resulted in the loss of her God intended destiny on earth, and the death of a young girl who also had a destiny in God if the Light had gone to the darkness instead of expecting the darkness to come to it.

The solution is not the mire of guilt.  May these words strike a match…a restless tremor in hearts.  May this “troubling of our waters” cause us to pursue Jesus and learn, from Him, how to be “Fishers of Men” and “Light to the World.”  May it even keep some of us awake at night with a passion to pursue the paths less traveled.

Gary