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George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

This is something I’ve been wanting to write about for a while now, but haven’t.  I think that it is important, though, as our society takes sides on what was correct and incorrect in our justice system when deciding the verdict for George Zimmerman.  

Recently, George Zimmerman was released as “Not guilty” when answering to the question of Trayvon Martin’s death.  A 17-year-old boy, Martin left behind many loving family members and friends who have been questioning the justice system.  Due to Zimmerman’s verdict, many protests have broken out, including at the state of Florida capital in Tallahassee, FL.  Florida State University students have been sitting in the capital for two weeks now trying to appeal a law that will change the ways of self-defense in the state of Florida.  They want justice for Martin.

Though I have my own opinions on this case, and many may argue those opinions because I am a white American, I am casting my opinions aside as all Christians need to do.  This story has been hitting the news continuously since the verdict was declared.  There has been a continuous argument and analysis of the judge and jury’s opinion.  Many feel as though America’s justice system has failed.  They did their job, and that is what they were required to do.  Whether they did their job correctly or not is between them and God.  That is my point today.

As I continue to hear about this case and the protests that are going on, I wonder how many Christians are getting wrapped up in this.  I agree that it is important to stand up for what you believe in, but as a Christian, shouldn’t you believe in justice from the King of Kings?  The Bible speaks on how justice will be served and each man and woman will have to answer to God when their time has come.

So, why is everyone so hooked up on this?  Why can’t we just move on?  That’s part of being human.  It’s extremely hard to lose a loved one; trust me, I know from losing my dad when I was thirteen-years-old.  Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him.  I am more than certain it is the same with Martin’s family.  I feel for them.  I pray that God will relieve some of the hurt and pain from this mess.  I also lift up Zimmerman.  We all have made mistakes, whether it was the “right thing to do at the time,” or not.  I am not stating that Zimmerman was in the wrong, nor am I stating that he was in the right.  I am sure, though, that he feels bad either way.  Its like when we have a conflict with someone we know.  We are stuck on it because we can’t fully understand why it happened or how.  That is a lot like how this case has been.  We may never know the truth, and as Christians, that should be okay.  This is a situation that only Martin, Zimmerman, and God will ever know the answers to, truly.  We can have our own opinions, and make ridiculous claims, but in the end, known of that will matter.

Instead, we should show the love and forgiveness that Jesus shows us in the Bible.  Jesus did not hang out with the righteous, or holy, but with the beggars and the tax collectors; people who were considered the low of the low.  Likewise, we should treat all as if we were Jesus, loving on them continuously, despite their wrongs. Matthew 7:2 says, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Also, we should not forget that there are others out there every day, losing their lives, or being murdered.  How can we change those?  By showing the love of God and realizing that only He will bring justice in the right time, and that it is not our place to judge others. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37).”  The Bible teaches us to forgive just as God forgave us.  Perhaps it is time to make a change.  Instead of continuing a debate that only God knows the answer to, we should give it to Him and trust in His answers.

He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity. -Psalm 9:8

***PLEASE NOTE: The related articles are in no way showing my personal opinion on the matter.  They are merely an example of the debate that is going on, as well as the actions people are taking.***

Related articles:

http://www.dlas.org/questions-zimmerman-verdict/

http://sfsu.uloop.com/news/view.php/93005/self-defense-or-murder

http://www.ebony.com/news-views/justice-for-trayvon-dream-defenders-take-the-lead-304#axzz2aTQ7AE8Z

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About Shannon

Hi! I'm Shannon, a lover of dogs, coffee, books, words, and Jesus! I hold a Bachelor's in English, with a minor in Communications from Florida State University (Go 'Noles!). Take a peak around, meet Tucker, my rescue mutt, and say 'Hi!'

2 comments on “George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

  1. Kennedy
    August 2, 2013

    This is a great post and you are correct… as Christians we need to put our opinions aside. We are called to love not to judge. Nicely written!

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