Let me begin by stating my core beliefs on the Trayvon Martin killing and George Zimmerman trial:
1. I believe Trayvon Martin was racially profiled by George Zimmerman.
2. I believe Trayvon posed no real threat to anyone.
3. I believe Zimmerman was an overzealous neighborhood watch officer who wanted to make an example out of some unfortunate victim.
4. I believe the prosecution did a poor job of presenting its case.
5. I believe it was a gross miscarriage of justice that Zimmerman was not found guilty on any charges.
With that being said, The Zimmerman trial is not the first time the legal system has failed and will not be the last. However, this trial captivated the nation’s attention in a way that few others have in my lifetime. Maybe it was because Trayvon’s murder represented the fundamental plight facing the misunderstood young black male in this country. Sure he occasionally got into trouble just as any other normal 17-year old kid. He was in the process of serving a ten-day suspension (for drug residue found in his backpack) from school at the time of his death, but that hardly made him a danger to society. Trayvon was described by several friends and family members as respectable and quiet person. He participated in volunteer activities and dreamt of pursuing a career in aviation. The CNN article “Protesters declare ‘I am Trayvon Martin,’ but who was he?,” does a great job of painting a portrait of the easygoing young man Trayvon really was. He had every reason to believe the best days of his life were ahead of him. I’m sure he never envisioned his life ending the way it did.
On the surface it did not appear that justice was served. In addition, his family has to deal with the double whammy of losing their son, and seeing his killer walk free. I can’t imagine the pain they must be suffering.
In many ways the verdict fell in line with the increasing shift our legal system has taken in recent years. It seems as if the law has consistently fails the very ones it was designed to protect. Right has become wrong and wrong has become right. How else do you explain such a verdict?
It’s wholly understandable to be upset and confused by the outcome, but we should not question God’s authority. When voicing your opinion on the matter, don’t speak from a place of hatred. Instead, speak with a love for all people.
Zimmerman has no reason to celebrate. At the end of the day his actions ruined a family. Contrary to previous statements made by Zimmerman, it was not God’s plan for him to murder Trayvon on that fateful evening. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a convenient way to absolve himself of responsibility for his actions. Just because he was found innocent in the eyes of a manmade legal system legal system does not mean he was found innocent in the eyes of God.
As a Christian, I do believe there is a very real satanic force that guides men to commit such heinous acts. There was no trace of God on that night, only that of a twisted freak on a power trip. Whatever Zimmerman does for the remainder of his life, he will forever be known as the man who killed an unarmed boy. The stigma will haunt him for the rest of his life. Until he honestly seeks the face of God for true repentance, he will never find true peace.
The same goes for his defense team and anyone else who played a role in laying the legal groundwork that enabled such a tragedy to go unpunished in the first place. Though they did not pull the trigger, they are equally responsible. You should never be a partaker of anyone’s sin because judgment will come upon you and your family. When you knowingly help someone get away with sin, you are just as guilty of the crime.
Yes Zimmerman was found not guilty. Regardless, God still sits high on the throne and is worthy of all the praise. He desires for all men to draw near to him, including Zimmerman.