A lot of heated discussion, protest, celebration, and analysis have arisen regarding the manslaughter case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’s verdict.
Was race a factor in the incident between the two men? We might never know. But race has become a major focus in much of the discussion around this.
I’ve been reading a lot of the responses, and here are some of the ones that have spoken to me the most. I’ve highlighted each with a quote:
- Should We Move On? –Trip Lee
If you’ve never been on the receiving end of racism, sympathize with those who have. Learn about their experiences. You can’t love someone if you ignore or belittle their concerns. Please never assume that people are just complaining and playing the “race card.” Seek to understand them, and respect the fact that some of us live in different realities and have to endure different trials.
- An Opportunity for Grace and Compassion — Matt Stauffer
Dear White People (and Asian people, and Latin People, and even many non-African-American Black people): There are many days to insist that your voice be heard, that your opinion be considered, that you get a punch in the fight. But today is not that day.
- Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Gospel — John Piper (from March 2012)
Of the dozens of things that Christians need to be thinking and saying about this, some are awakened by what the Bible says in Hebrews 13:3, “Remember those who . . . are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”
Not a white body. Not a black body. Just a human body. This is a cry for Christian whites and blacks and Asians and Latinos to feel the human flesh on their faith in Jesus. Trayvon’s flesh. His dad’s flesh. George’s flesh. His dad’s flesh. That kind of getting in their flesh will yield a long night’s groaning.
- Not Guilty: Now What? –Trillia Newbell, @ The Gospel Coalition
This case has already reopened important discussions about race relations in America. We should, therefore, also pray for our nation as we continue to pursue racial reconciliation and harmony. As old hurts have resurfaced, we must seek to understand if we want to be understood. Let’s pray for just laws and more than surface change. We ask God for gospel transformation that leads us to accept and love one another regardless of ethnicity. With this posture of prayer, our ongoing discussions of race and culture will assume a posture of humility and grace.
Are there any responses (especially blog posts or articles) that have especially spoken to you about this?