I normally do not comment on ‘hot button topics’ or political or legal matters. I have my views and I quietly hold to them. If asked, I will share my views, but, I normally do not publicize them. In this case, I will share my thoughts because I am compelled to do so.
This morning I woke up to my newsreel (i.e. Facebook) and I was informed that in the case of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was found “not guilty”. Whether you agree or disagree with this verdict is your affair. But, here are my thoughts.
I am deeply hurt and disappointed at what I feel is the lack of justice in this instance. An unarmed teen, who was on his way home, and not up to any tomfoolery, was followed and confronted by a man who was not a police officer because he appeared ‘suspicious’. The man was told by police to leave the area, leave the young man alone. However he chose to create a situation that did not have to be. We do not have video surveillance of the incident, and therein lies the conundrum that is – the word of the living vs. the word of the dead. And what cannot go unnoticed is the elephant in the room, that being the race of the victim and of the perpetrator. I will not go into all of that. But, I will say that I believe this is definitely part of the package. In America it is said that you are “innocent until proven guilty”. These days it seems that unfortunately, it is not always the case that the innocent are found innocent and the guilty are proven guilty. It depends on what type of lawyer you are able to afford and if he/she is ‘good’ at his/her job. What precedence does this set for future cases of young men and young ladies who look ‘suspicious’ based on their apparel and/or race?
To Trayvon Martin’s family, my deepest and heartfelt sympathies to you. You will be in my prayers. This nation and our nation’s justice system will be in my prayers.
I will also be praying for George Zimmerman. Why? We all need prayer. God says if we pray only for our loved ones, then aren’t we just like everyone else? Shan’t we also pray for our ‘enemies’ or those we do not like or agree with? Yes, we should and shall.
Regarding judgement in THIS case, and in the case of Casey Anthony and so many others where the general consensus is that justice was not served… I place my hope in God’s justice. His word says the following:
Deuteronomy 32:35 (ISV) – To me [God] belong vengeance and recompense. In due time their feet will slip, because their time of calamity is near and the things prepared for them draw near.
Romans 12:19 (NIV) – Do not take revenge my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, “It is mine to repay,” says the Lord.
You are free to agree or disagree. I only ask that if you comment, your comments be tasteful and respectful, or else they will be deleted.
© 2013 “Trayvon” by KD / KD Corner