Who Has the Right to Judge?
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.