The George Zimmerman trial is everywhere right now. I can’t get away from it and I assume neither can you. For the most part this trial is no different then any other murder trial: some one was shot, some one was accused, the prosecution makes its case, the defense tries to establish reasonable doubt. Normally, these stories get very little press, but this trial has been propelled to the foreground by the groundswell of media interest. The problem is that the Judicial system of the USA was set up to protect people from both the mob and from tyrannical government.
The more I hear about the trial the more I am convinced that regardless of the details of the case, this is what really lies at the heart of all the clamor. The masses, or at least the people with the loudest voices want the government, whom they see as impotent, to deal out justice. In turn, the government, not wanting to be seen as impotent (or racist), is trying desperately to prosecute a case that for all appearances has circumstantial evidence at best.
Now I am not trying to say Zimmerman is not guilty, in fact “not saying” is at the heart of what I want you to hear. Our rule of law declares that people are innocent until proven guilty, period. This principle is implicit in the founding documents, finds its Biblical source in the admonition that a matter is only established by two or three witnesses (Deuteronomy 19:15); and finally is established through the sheer rational observation that without it the whole society degenerates into mob violence as the loudest voices or the most powerful players twist justice to serve their own needs. Does this mean that the guilty sometimes go free? Yes. But this was deemed as a better scenario then punishing the innocent for crimes they didn’t commit.
In the end, a jury of George Zimmerman’s peers will determine his guilt or his innocence. I would advise my fellow followers of the Way of the Cross to be cautious about being too opinionated on this matter. For with the measure which we judge other men, we will be judged by them.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Be unified toward one another; do not be proud, but associate with the downtrodden. Do not think too much of yourself.
Never pay back evil for evil. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Never take revenge beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
So do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
~ Romans 12:14-21 ~