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martin, zimmerman, & everyman

Chad Karger

Even in Houston the protestors have taken to the streets following the Zimmerman trial. The chants and signs from both sides illustrate how we have, again, collectively missed the point. With that,  the interminable debate has begun and neither side wants to listen as much as they want to shout. At the risk of being stereotyped and misunderstood, I offer this view:

As the evidence from the trial seemed to support, let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that Zimmerman was attacked by this young man. Let’s also assume that Zimmerman initiated the confrontation. Martin felt threatened by Zimmerman’s menacing presence.

Martin fights; Zimmerman kills.

To me, neither one of these men took responsibility to find a better solution in that situation. Learned behavior and questionable laws encouraged both of these individuals to shirk their ability to respond in better ways. Both their responses revealed the indoctrination of violence. Unfortunately, a young man was killed and will never have a second chance. Conversely, another man will live the rest of his life in fear for his life. More violence. More shouting. We are not better off; we all suffer.

By speaking into this situation, I'm attempting to fight back my own cynicism regarding a better way. Without a vision in the current debate, I turn, again, Scripture for a glimpse of hope; a glimpse of reality that has yet to be fully realized. Isaiah the Prophet describes it as such:  

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord...
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:1,2,9).

Come, Lord Jesus! Fill us with your Spirit to be the people for which we were created for the glory of God! Forgive all of us for our part in creating such a violent culture that kills, steals, and destroys all that YOU have made.