Racial tension is up a few degrees with George Zimmerman found not guilty and several cities experiencing civil unrest from what is perceived to be an unjust resolution. Church denominations have consolidated pastors, preachers and reverent of the cloth to call for calm and a refrain from expressions of further violence.
A properly grounded church will have the ability to provide healing should they do the duty that is intended for a practicing church body.
There will be always ambulance chasers and rent a mob mentality ready to destroy other’s possessions, burn something, hurt people, or loot other people’s property as demonstrated in the nights of violence in Oakland. Exploiting misery is one of those human frailties that will feast on human tragedy in many capacities.http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/22/opinion/navarrette-zimmerman-verdict-issues/index.html?hpt=hp_t4
The Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case resonates with many people because of the cross section of issues intersecting with the case. You have Zimmerman who although Hispanic has galvanized reactions of white, black, Hispanic and other ethnic groups.
You have a young black teen walking home on a dark night in a hoodie, you have a suspicious neighborhood watch leader tired of the crime in his neighborhood. You have all the innocent variables suddenly going out of control due to machismo being overplayed by Zimmerman and a typical teen outraged that somebody was disrespecting him as an individual.
It’s difficult for many to accept that sometimes things go completely wrong without intention. Bad judgment exhibited by Zimmerman put him on a collision course with Martin, and that is the primary factor ignored or glossed over. Nobody knows who physically was aggressive first although it is often assumed due to Zimmerman’s words that Martin “jumped him”. Martin’s side of the story pretty much died with him.
Only Zimmerman knows his own frame of mind, and the same is true with Martin. One paid the ultimate price, however the price Zimmerman pays could be ongoing. He will be forever known for shooting Martin and it matters little if self-defense played a role in the killing.
The scrutiny of Zimmerman has all the vile emotions working in hatred, outrage, and even retribution. The not guilty verdict will do little to diffuse the raw emotions that have spilled over.
Hate is a poison to the soul and it is no wonder the Bible warns to “not let the sun go down on your anger”. The Bible teaching of “be ye angry but sin not” as a warning to the trap of unresolved rage ruining an individual.
Forgiveness, grace, and mercy are attributes that the person needs to demonstrate to keep from being locked into a mental prison where another holds the key. The Bible clearly warns that if one fails to forgive, then your Heavenly Father will not forgive their wrongdoings either. As you measure it, it will be measured against you reveals the pitfall of unforgiveness and having no mercy.http://usedview.com/article/forgiveness-is-best-when-you-don-t-want-to-do-it
Getting even, revenge, and paying back evil for evil will perpetuate a never ending cycle. It guarantees the strife and heartache will continue and escalate. However that is the way of the world clinging to the bleakness of the law of the jungle.
Retaliation and escalation was exactly what drove the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Suspicion and fear were also mixed in. Throw in outrage and anger which provided all the necessary ingredients for an altercation going out of control.
The law of God operating through the love of Christ works best to resolve issues, however the law of the jungle can also prevail. Neither Zimmerman nor Martin chose to walk away and leave things alone but allowed their emotions to get the best of them.