I, like so many others visit Facebook frequently each day to keep up with family, friends and current events. Lately though I am increasingly troubled by what I’ve been seeing there, especially among my Christian brothers and sisters.
I realize of course that it is, well, Facebook, so I get it that everyone wants to be engaged in popular topics of discussion. What I find disheartening is the message that I continue to see being propagated by my Christian friends about the Zimmerman/Martin case. It is disheartening because, my Christian friends, we should know better. We should know better than to scour the internet trying to dig up dirt on anyone in order to validate our own opinion. Perhaps some people may not even have an opinion, but are inclined to engage in debate of a situation in which they have very little tangible, first-hand information and are only being engaged as pawns by others who would sit back and stoke up the fire while simultaneously stirring the pot.
I don’t have an opinion about Trayvon Martin OR George Zimmerman. Why, because I don’t know either one of them. To assume that I am familiar with their “kind” is pure foolishness. To assume “this” kind or “that” kind of human being is a matter for unwise people.
God has not put us in a place to spread rumors and hatred about one group or “kind” of person and in turn heave praises and words of honor upon another “kind.” There is only one “kind” of person and that God sees.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. “ Psalm 139:13-16
How can we go about our daily lives engaged in discussions about any “kind” of person being justified or unjustified in taking the life of another of our “kind.” No, brothers and sisters, Trayvon Martin was not made inferior to you and George Zimmerman was not made superior to anyone else. God did not place either of these two lives on this earth for your purposes, but rather for His.
How can any of us look in the mirror, remember our lives before Christ, and then sit at our keyboard and engage in vitriolic fervor to justify and/or condemn? No, we are called to love and to make peace. Not a weak and meaningless pacifism, but a real and honest effort to enter into the lives of both the Martins and the Zimmermans of this world. We are not to engage is the wickedness of this world and become slanderers, bigots and snakes.
“A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
but righteousness delivers from death.
The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise of heart will receive commandments,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
and a babbling fool will come to ruin.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.
On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
The wise lay up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
The wage of the righteous leads to life,
the gain of the wicked to sin.
Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,
but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
and whoever utters slander is a fool.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for lack of sense.
The blessing of the LORD makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.
Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,
but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
What the wicked dreads will come upon him,
but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,
but the righteous is established forever.
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is the sluggard to those who send him.
The fear of the LORD prolongs life,
but the years of the wicked will be short.
The hope of the righteous brings joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the blameless,
but destruction to evildoers.
The righteous will never be removed,
but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.” – (Proverbs 10 ESV)
It is not an offense to have an opinion about either George Zimmerman or Tayvon Martin, but our opinions should be tempered by the love that God Himself has shared with us. Both of these men have needed the love of our Savior in the past and now there is no chance for any of us to love Trayvon Martin. However, we CAN love his parents and friends. We CAN love George Zimmerman. I say it is way past time to stop hating one “kind” of person and lifting up another “kind.” All of us are the SAME kind without Jesus Christ and none of us have the right to vilify anyone because we know who we were, who we ARE, without the love of Jesus Christ. If any of us had loved both of these men with the love that Christ has shown us there is a great possibility that the evil of this world would not of had the opportunity to use this instance to penetrate our lives with the amount of added hatred that has been spewing about for the past several months.
I do not say these things without seeing the log that is in my own eye, but simply want to encourage myself and others to come back to the feet of Jesus and see others from His point of view. I know it will do me a great amount of good and believe it will benefit the kingdom more than sitting idle without a word of reproach and encouragement from the Holy Spirit.