And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “What is it, Teacher?” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” ~Luke 7:40-43
The entire human race sins! Fact! It is also our obligation to point out the sins of others and to have them answer for it, but it is not our place to pass judgment, especially after a court ruling. Instead we should pray for one another and we should help our fellow brothers and sisters, getting them back on the right track.
Why the heck am I on this topic? Simply because of the finger pointing, all the judgements and threats, and all the negativity and the violence and hate that has stemmed from this behavior.
Yep, I’m talking about the famous George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin case. Just to recap (since this blog is for my nephew to read later in life, I always try to give details to help him revisit history) on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida, George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed race of Hispanic American, fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American high school student. The ruling was just announced this past Saturday that Mr. Zimmerman was found not guilty, it was an act of self defense.
Just to get this clear from my point-of-view, that if someone, anyone a teenager or an old person, attacked me, pushed me down and began to beat my head off of cement, telling me that he or she was going to kill me, I would take that seriously. Hopefully, all my survival instincts would kick in and I would have done the same, without hesitation! I would have pulled the trigger.
Was George Zimmerman completely justifiable? Yes he can be faulted for approaching the kid when he was instructed not to, but he did what he was suppose to do, he called the police first and reported the suspicion. He didn’t just go guns a blazing at this suspicious kid, wearing a dark hoodie, milling around between houses in the rain, at night, appearing as if he was on drugs. If I was George, I would have done the same, especially since the neighborhood was experiences break ins and violence thrusted upon them. Imagine if Zimmerman would have just walked way and later found out that the kid killed or hurt someone? That’s what would be running through my head, especially in the case of the unknown at the time. I would feel it was my responsibility to step in and help take action to protect my family and friends.
As for caring a gun. He was completely legal and within his rights to do so! Apparently, he never really felt safe if he always carried the firearm with him, except to work. Sometime before this case, he was interviewed and said that a robber fled the scene in his neighborhood, right through his property while his wife was home. Yes! That would mean something to me too! And that would stick in my mind forever!
Let’s step back and really get to the heart of the matter. First of all, what self-respecting child, calls another a cracker? I would have never done that EVER! I was taught to respect others and their property. So with that out in the open, I would never have been hanging out in the rain if I wasn’t up to no good. And what kid, who is innocent, attacks another? Sure, kids will be kids, getting into trouble, but if that was me and my cousins, we would have set off running, even if we just wrong on the account of trespassing. But never in a million years would we have attacked another, unless there was more to it, than kids being kids. I can’t help but think, Mr. Martin was up to more than just passing through. Of course, it doesn’t make a difference now, and that’s total speculation and not my place to judge.
So now my next thought, why are people rioting? Seriously? Especially in California, the whole way across the United States, not even close to Florida. Does looting and destroying private property make everything better? Does damaging those hard working citizens’ businesses help you get your own way? When did two wrongs EVER make a right? My guess there are some deep seated issues residing in some individuals and they are just looking for an excuse. Again back to respect. Respect for our fellow neighbor and our brothers and sisters! Those property owners weren’t involved in the crime, they weren’t even in the same time zone! I think there are a lot of unbalanced people and I believe there are a lot of lackeys who thrive on violence and supply this anarchy to those in control, simply for a good show. The media and some celebrities make that list of the guilty.
On a side note, if any of those rioters are on welfare, then technically they are working for the government. Then, that means the government, Mr. Obama who is the leader, is destroying our own country from within and its hard working citizens. Isn’t that like a dictatorship? If the government insists on getting its own way, and disregards the decisions made by a selected jury and our courtrooms, that means the people truly don’t have a voice. That means one of our branches of government is ruled by the other, our president. In essence a dictatorship. I know that seems far fetched, but is it?
On the same thought, why is the government stepping in? What, they have a say so to overrule the judge and the fair jury because they don’t like the decision? Wake up people! The government is already spying on us, they have controlled us through our finances with the IRS, which insistently will be controlling our healthcare decisions through the medicare audits, and now you are welcoming them in to overstep the decisions of a fair jury? We are just handing over our freedom left and right because some want the government to control the legal system? I’m not saying any branch of office is one hundred percent fair and unbiased, but don’t keep throwing fuel to the already blazing inferno. The court ruled and that should be the end of it!
Do I feel bad for the Trayvon Martin family? Absolutely! I know first hand the pain that comes from loosing a family member too soon and so suddenly. My heart bleeds for them, but continuing this quest for their own way, still does not make it right. Yes it’s tragic, but instead of selling your soul to the government to get your own way, maybe everyone needs to step back and really look at the situation. Although, I know it’s hard, with the grief and the shock of the verdict at hand, but it will help to find peace.
Blaming race is also not the answer. How can we, as Americans ever get past racial violence and issues, if it’s always thrown out there. I mean, how is the next generation going to learn this, which is a learned behavior, if it is not taught? Stop the hate lesson, then the hate will stop! After all, George Zimmerman was not even a white man, he is Hispanic. And if I am correct, that race is a minority too. So what idiot started to play the race card, my guess because there was nothing else, yet got their facts wrong? Is there really a need to destroy other lives through violence? It doesn’t change anything, doesn’t stop life from moving on, and doesn’t change the future. It just makes us barbarians.
I didn’t see any rioting when OJ Simpson was let off. My opinion he was as guilty as guilty can be. Nope, that circus courtroom and all the lies was accepted and ruled on, and there were two innocent murders committed on their own property. Again, completely innocent people do not act out of control, violent and desperate for an escape. So why the famous high speed chase in the white broncho? When I heard that ruling all I thought was, ‘Well, God will judge’. And look at Mr. Simpson’s life since. Not a healthy one, maybe the guilt is consuming him?
Ok, may that was too long ago for some of us to really remember or care about, but what about the Casey Anthony trial? Casey Anthony was on trail for the murder of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony in Orlando Florida. Again to recap and refresh the memories of many, the maternal grandmother reported the child missing for over a month and said Casey’s car smelled like a dead body. That was on July 15, 2008. Casey gave many falsehoods as to the whereabouts of the child including telling the authorities that her daughter was kidnapped. On October 2008, she was charged with first degree murder and pleaded not guilty. Later the court ruled on July 5, 2011, and the jury found Casey not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter of a child. However she was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. Using her credit for time served, she was released on July 17, 2011.
Was I mad? Sure, but I also have faith. I have faith that justice is always served. I have faith still in our court systems, even though we know it’s corrupt at times. I also have faith, that good prevails. Never, did I ever even think of rioting or steeling from business owners. Is looting an act of demonstrating or is it a selfish act for the personal gain of oneself?
Later that year on December 11, 2008, the little girl Caylee’s skeletal remains were found. They were wrapped in a blanket inside a trash bag in the wooded area near the family home. There was duct tape across the mouth on the child’s skull. Did I mention that after all the lies, they were trying to prove the little girl drown in the pool accidentally?
Yet after all this, where people outraged? Sure, but not like whats happening with the George Zimmerman case, with all the violence and damage and threats. The Casey Anthony case was not in question of self defense, it was a blatant attempt of getting away with murder. Yet she got off! I was not in the courtroom, I was not on the jury, and I may not have agreed with the verdict, but I do agree with those who made the decision. End of case, start moving on!
We need to continue to trust our court systems, albeit they are not perfect, but it’s better than anarchy and counter to radical thinking and radical actions of those on the streets. That’s when the innocent are really going to get hurt, no matter their color.