Sunday, July 14, 2013

Truth or the System? Was Zimmerman Really Innocent?

Everyone had their own opinion as to how the case of the state of Florida vs. George Zimmerman should end. For some it ended in justice. For many it was just another case of the system working for some and not for others. The prosecution all along wanted to make sure that the truth came out. They believe to the best of their abilities it did. However, according to our justice system the truth coming out means nothing if it is not proven in court; at least if it is not proven to a jury. For the millions who watched the 2 weeks of testimony during the case saw what they believed was the truth coming out. Even before the verdict by the jury many believed that either side had done its job in either proving or defending what really happened that dreadful, dark, and rainy night. But in reality, only two people really know exactly what happened that night. One was in court and the other one is dead. As stated by the prosecutor during the closing rebuttal: To the living we owe respect; to the dead we owe the truth.

As much as I would like to inject my opinion as to how things really came out, as a Christian leader I cannot afford to do that. However, here is the real ultimate truth: A child is dead and the man that shot him is free. It is God who really knows what happened. It is God who is still on the throne. It is God who sees everything. If Zimmerman is really innocent then the system worked. If he is really not innocent, although he is free, God will handle it. No one gets away with anything. That is where we as Christians ought to be; let God be God and not us. As Romans 12:19 says, Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

We must pray for Trayvon Martin’s family. At this moment they are really hurting. A son is gone. Dreams are dashed. Hopes have dissipated. That beautiful bouncing baby boy that his mother had on her knee will not be able to grow up and become whatever they had hoped for him to become. That young boy who started to grow and stand tall like his dad will never stand again. But God is able.

I don’t know what God is going to do as a result of this but I do know God. He always has the last word.
We cannot afford to erase the struggle of so many because a few would like to become vigilantes. So let’s not lose control but let’s allow God to still be in control.