Monday, July 15, 2013

Justice for Zimmerman?

I wasn’t in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012, when Trayvon Martin lost his life at the age of 17.  This young man has been hailed both as villain and victim, as has George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the young man’s death.  I kept up with the details of the trial via a biased media.  No matter what the truth is, and only Mr. Zimmerman and God know that, the media is slanted toward liberalism.  People are extremely passionate about this case.   I wish folks would be just as passionate about countless other cases, including the case of Antonio Santiago.  

Shortly after the jury convened for deliberation, scripture from Isaiah 59 came to my mind.    Verse 4) No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for the truth…, and verse 15)…Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.   I prayed that justice would prevail…God’s justice…not what the hordes of people see as justice.   The Bible says that the foundation of God’s throne is justice and righteousness.   Justice is referenced over 500 times throughout the Bible.   God loves justice (Psalm 37).  Justice is no small matter, ever.  

When things do not make sense, or seem wrong, we remind ourselves that God is in control.  Indeed He is…and perhaps he intervened for Zimmerman.   If it is true that young Mr. Martin was on top of Mr. Zimmerman, banging his head into the concrete (and there is evidence to substantiate that claim), then I could accept that Mr. Zimmerman believed his life was in danger.   I am not saying Martin was trying to kill Zimmerman, only that I could see how Zimmerman may feel his life was in jeopardy.

Regardless of what the jury as said, if Mr. Zimmerman did indeed cold-bloodedly kill young Mr. Martin, justice will prevail, because God’s throne would topple if He allowed an injustice to go unanswered.  We may not personally see the injustice addressed, but God will address all wrongs.   If Mr. Zimmerman is innocent (and God does know Zimmerman’s heart) then He will also address the injustice done to Zimmerman.   God’s ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts.  Jesus judges the intents of the heart (Hebrews 4).  When we speak against another human being, we have put ourselves in place of God as judge.  We absolutely cannot judge Zimmerman’s thoughts that night, nor the intents of his heart.  God can.

As per the laws of the land, a jury heard the details of the case, and after 15 hours of deliberation, decided that there wasn’t enough evidence in favor of convicting the man of murder or manslaughter.  I watched the video of Zimmerman hearing that the jury had found him not guilty.  His expression showed no triumph.  No smile; no high fives, no fist pumping “Yeah!”  He stood there knowing that even so, young Mr. Martin’s life was no more, and the lives of his family and friends were forever altered.   Mr. Zimmerman’s life, too, is forever altered, and as of yet, he will be allowed no rest…the Justice Department now reviewing the verdict. 

And we will see how the story goes…

7 comments:

  1. A troubling case, and this is a fair, even-handed, and Scriptural presentation of the situation.

    You, my friend, are a brave woman.

    I am so glad that I wasn't on that jury.

    Deb

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    1. Being a jury on such a case would be a horrifying prospect...in my opinion, anyway.

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  2. I second the comment of Deb's. A sad case all the way around.

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  3. Bravo on tackling a hot-button issue right now. I'm too chicken. Very thoughtful & well-presented.

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  4. Excellent. I wrote something similar. Only God can judge the human heart. The media is so quick to make everything racial b/c it's a better story. I wish we could stop talking about race altogether and just deal w/ people based on the behavior.

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