by Marianne Ball from ADVENTURES IN THE BALLPARK
Ever since the George Zimmerman trial ended, I've been trying to hear/read all sides of the arguments that have erupted. I don't think there's a simple answer as to whether or not the verdict was correct, but here are a few things I've confirmed for myself.
1. Appearance - not just skin shade, but age, level of attractiveness, weight, disability, manner of dress/tattoos etc. - is not a reliable indicator of what guides a person's heart.
2. Anyone roaming around after dark risks being viewed as suspicious - this is not unreasonable.
3. Gun ownership is generally supported - until somebody gets killed.
4. If we call 911 for any reason, we need to follow the directions given.
5. When confronted with an aggressor, it's best to WALK (or run) AWAY. No fracas is worth dying for.
If only Zimmerman had let law enforcement handle his concerns....if he had not carried his gun into the street...if Trayvon had not been out late, looking in windows...if either one of these people had just walked away, not engaged with the stranger in the night - the outcome might have been different.
As it was, the teen and the man chose to fight. Both felt justified I assume both were equally scared and angry. It's tragic that one of them - either one of them - didn't make a different choice. Then, or earlier.
Over the course of the trial and afterwards, I kept reminding myself that our judicial system is based on facts (not necessarily truth) and governed by imperfect human beings. Even at its best, it can still fail. Every verdict has people simultaneously rejoicing and crying.
Which brings me to my final reminder of the week, which is that only God knows the truth of every matter. He knows Trayvon's heart. He knows George Zimmerman's heart. He alone is fully just and fully merciful. We might argue the Zimmerman trial for years to come, as we did the O.J. trial, but in God's eyes, the matter is already settled.
I gain my peace from that.
What are your thoughts on the Zimmerman trial?