I usually do not feel called to write much on current events, but we in the United States are in the midst of dealing with the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict of being found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin by six jurors.
The juror, known as B37, said that she and two others believed that Mr Zimmerman was not guilty, while the other three thought he was guilty. She said that after much deliberation, they ultimately agreed that not guilty was the only verdict they could reach based on the law in the case. Juror B37 said she believes Mr Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” and that the only thing he was guilty of was a lack of “good judgment” in confronting the teenager. She added that while “both [George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin] were responsible for the situation”, she had “no doubt George feared for his life”. She went on to say, “When George confronted him, he could of walked away and gone home. He didn’t have to do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight.” The situation got out of control, partly because of what both George and Trayvon both did. “George got in a little too deep, but Trayvon got mad and attacked him. Trayvon played a huge role in his own death.” She said she and the others wanted to find something they could convict Zimmerman of, but there was nothing they could legally do. “I wanted to find him guilty of not using his senses, but you can’t fault anybody. You can’t charge him with anything because he didn’t do anything unlawful.”
In a statement released after the verdict, President Obama summed it up very well by calling Trayvon Martin’s death, “A tragedy for America. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.”
The case went through our legal system and the verdict of innocent of murder was made. Many are not happy with the verdict. But the Bible commands us:
1. Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. (Titus 3:1 NLT)
2. Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. (Romans 13:1, 2)
I believe just like Juror B37 had explained that it was not an easy verdict, but when they carefully weighed everything out, they came to what they believed was the correct verdict. But this is where the evil comes in now. There are certain agitators who have seized the opportunity to turn it into a racial issue and ultimately a civil rights issue in order to elevate their own name. Deep down they are not concerned about race. They are opportunists who are ravaging wolves lying in wait. They exist solely for the discord they can sow.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9 NKJV)
As long as we live on this earth there will be injustices. That is why it is more important to the Lord for us to be peacemakers.
The Lord does not stop there. He tells us, “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” (Matthew 5:44, 45 NLT)
For anyone who believes Juror B37 is too controversial, please read the following PDF of what Dr Alveda King (Niece of Dr Martin Luther King Jr) has to say:
Sadly I came across this news article:
Demonstrations are planned in up to 100 cities for Saturday July 20 in front of federal buildings. Civil rights leader and broadcaster Reverend Al Sharpton is organizing those events through his National Action Network. “I don’t care if it’s 20 people. We want to show the nation that over 100 cities a week later is still demanding justice,” he told the Tom Joyner radio program. “We’re not having a fit, we’re having a movement.”
Proverbs 6:19 is quite blunt. It says in the NIV that, “The Lord hates anyone who stirs up conflict in the community. It is an abomination to The Lord!”
What is the saddest thing about Mr Sharpton is that he goes by the title of Reverend in the Christian Church. When the facts are weighed, it is clear that he does not want justice as he says. He wants to stir up people for revenge in order to exert his influence and in the end elevate himself. If he truly wanted justice, he would be tackling cases regardless of race. But his bias nature shines through.
I am sure that Mr Sharpton will give many more reasons why this is so right to do. But one thing the Word of God teaches us is that something can be 100% right, but can be 100% wrong to act or speak out on. Case-in-point is when my child sees someone extremely overweight eating too much at an all-you-can-eat buffet, they do not have the right to go up to them and say they are fat, even if they fit the definition. I must teach my child that love and respect are the most important attributes.
Many of the protests, even before Saturday July 20 have turned violent. By organizing these protests, what kind of outcome does Mr Sharpton really want? He already has blood on his hands for inciting the Crown Heights Riot that resulted in two murders and several other critical injuries.
I appreciated Bill Cosby and Charles Barkley speaking out in the days prior to Mr Sharpton’s protests. Here you have an actor and a sport’s legend doing what the minister should of been doing trying to diffuse any tensions rather than feeding the fire. This only testifies what a disgrace Mr Sharpton is to the title of Reverend.
I plead with anyone who may be planning any kind of action in the future that may result in the devil and his demons to have their way, please reconsider. Please ask yourself, “Am I really concerned about justice, or is this about venting anger or even revenge for an Hispanic killing an African-American young man?” If it is truly about justice, you can rest in peace knowing that even though our courts found George Zimmerman innocent, he must stand before The Lord of Lords at the judgment seat. George Zimmerman will not get away with anything! And neither will we!
Remember, only a true relationship with Jesus Christ can change hearts and allow us to love each other despite our differences.