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Standing for Truth: The Trayvon Martin Case

It is amazing how fast information travels these days. Most people have access to the internet and that gives people the ability to access information instantly. This information overload has created a serious problem in our society. Due to the rapidity of information every news outlet needs to break stories faster than before. When stories break they are often accompanied with speculation. This speculation may be unstated by the news outlet but most breaking news stories do not have all the information. A story that perfectly highlights this is the Trayvon Martin shooting. In recent days thousands of people have spoken out about this. It is all over the news, youtube, blogs, etc. If you are not familiar with the case then you can use Google to find out more.

After the story broke many people were outspoken because they thought that this was racially driven. Here is a video by some Howard University students describing their feelings on the case:

Watching this video really makes me upset. I do not like to get political because that is not where my heart is but this is outrageous. Okay, now that I’m off my soap box let’s look at some of the quotes in this video:

Contrary to what America has led many to believe, all young black males are not suspicious. We don’t deserve to be harassed, murdered, prosecuted, or denied the protections of the justice system…

Through this video and our other initiatives on behalf of the homicide of Trayvon Martin we seek not only to raise awareness of the injustice that goes on today and those that happened in the past but we seek to prevent such occurrences for our future generation.

I think all of us can agree that happened in the Trayvon Martin shooting was a tragedy. However, when people speak out, like these young men, calling the Martin shooting a “homicide” they are making a statement of judgment without all of the facts. These people don’t know what really happened that night. They do not know if Zimmerman shot Martin out of self-defense or out of “racial profiling”. They simply don’t know.

This happens constantly in our culture. However, people sharing their feelings isn’t the problem. Our apathetic attitude towards truth is. When we only hear one side of the story we are prone to believing what we hear. There are many people who would watch this video and take what these people have to say as truth. They will latch on to what these young men say and disregard due process for Zimmerman. They are apathetic towards truth. Okay, many are probably wondering where I am going with this. Here is my point.

The Bible calls us to stand for and seek after truth. Christians are people of truth. We live by it and we support it. When a story like the Trayvon Martin case comes out we should not rush to judgment but rather follow the wise words of Proverbs 18:17:

The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent begins to cross-examine him. -NET

It is easy for us to get caught up in the heart breaking stories around us. Our sinful culture offers us many of them; just turn on the nightly news. What we need to remember is that just because a news outlet breaks the story first doesn’t mean its true. Just because a video put out by young men can tug at your hearts strings doesn’t mean its true. Standing for truth doesn’t mean that we rush to judgment but rather seek the facts.

I don’t know what happened that night and neither do you. So, before you believe what you hear remember what Proverbs 18 says and stand for truth.

Thanks for reading.

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on March 29, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Dead young black males tell no tales, so everything that Zimmerman states regarding the incident should be questioned and debated. I strongly believe that Zimmerman should be charged for unnecessary and negligent homicide of a minor. And also, as a watchman he doesn’t actually need to be armed, all he needed was a bulletproof vest, a taser and pepper spray. That 17 year old kid WHO WAS UNARMED did not have to die, all of this COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. Zimmerman had a lot of options and chose unwisely.

    • lorljss,

      Thanks for the comment. But I think you totally missed the point of my post. We should not rush to conclusions because while you say, “Dead young black males tell no tales”, Al Sharpton has been pretty outspoken. The point is that you don’t know exactly what happened that night.

      You are right in one regard. Whatever happened that night there were probably some poor decisions made. However, we shouldn’t assume that only Zimmerman made some bad choices. My point remains in your post about this case you said that, “The watch captain should be jailed for life,” and, “Racial profiling is a fatal mixture of racism, fear and ignorance.” Did you know that Zimmerman tutored young people and that many of them were black? You don’t know that he racially profiled anyone, so why make the claim that he did?

      You are also advocating that this man doesn’t deserve a fair investigation or trial. Well, I do. I am not trying to let Zimmerman off the hook but I am trying to get people to open their eyes and view reality. God says that we have a responsibility to be people of truth. Calling someone a murderer and a racial profiler without evidence goes against truth.

      Thanks for commenting,

      Travis

      • I am advocating that after the trial Zimmerman should be jailed. He made a fatal error when he shot the unarmed minor to DEATH. It’s not like he was a police officer he had no business approaching the kid and getting into an altercation with the kid. On the 911 call he says “these a**holes always get away.” He was indeed racially profiling the kid, otherwise the kid would still be alive today.

      • If Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman, as the one witness says, then you think he should be jailed? The problem is you are passing judgement without all the information. You don’t know what happened so why are you so quick to label Zimmerman guilty?

        You are right Zimmerman did say, “these a-holes always get away.” How is that racist or racial profiling? Wouldn’t is make more sense that he said those words because their neighborhood had seen an escalation in theft? The answer is yes.

        Travis

      • You state that no one knows what happened. That’s like saying there has to be a video camera filming the whole thing like a movie, for someone to be considered “guilty”? In 99.9% of homicides there isn’t a video camera filming everything like a movie to prove exactly what happened so if you’re saying that we don’t know what happened on the night Zimmerman KILLED Martin, then you might has well say that we don’t know what happened in 99.9% of all homicides that occur in this society.

        Reports state that most of the robberies in the neighborhood were by black males so when he said “these a**holes always get away” he is more likely than not, referring to black males. I believe that in Zimmerman’s eyes, all robberies in that neighborhood were by black males. By saying that “these a**holes always get away” he was going to make sure that Trayvon Martin didn’t “get away” even if it meant killing him.

        I don’t think he is a murderer, the same way I don’t think Michael Jackson’s doctor was a murderer but he was eventually found guilty of negligent homicide and jailed. If you kill somebody whether it was an accident or not or you didn’t mean to do it you have to be charged, arrested, trialed, jailed…etc. If Zimmerman or a complete stranger shot and killed your mom or a close family member and you weren’t there to “know what happened,” wouldn’t you want answers, wouldn’t you want justice? Put yourself in Trayvon Martin’s family’s position. Need I say more.

      • lorijss,

        You: “You state that no one knows what happened. That’s like saying there has to be a video camera filming the whole thing like a movie, for someone to be considered “guilty”?”

        Me: Where did I ever say that a video camera would need to be recording something for someone to be found guilty?

        You: “In 99.9% of homicides there isn’t a video camera filming everything like a movie to prove exactly what happened so if you’re saying that we don’t know what happened on the night Zimmerman KILLED Martin, then you might has well say that we don’t know what happened in 99.9% of all homicides that occur in this society.”

        Me: This case isn’t like 99.9% of homicides because you don’t know that it was, in fact, a homicide. Martin is dead but we do not know all the facts surrounding the incident. But to suggest that we need video proof for a conviction is silly and you know that I am not saying anything of the kind.

        You: “Reports state that most of the robberies in the neighborhood were by black males so when he said “these a**holes always get away” he is more likely than not, referring to black males. I believe that in Zimmerman’s eyes, all robberies in that neighborhood were by black males. By saying that “these a**holes always get away” he was going to make sure that Trayvon Martin didn’t “get away” even if it meant killing him.”

        Me: This paragraph is what is wrong with society. Apparently, you think that you can read the mind of Zimmerman. Apparently, you seem to think that Zimmerman is a racist because he said “a**hole”. Of course, if we simply take his words in context we would never think that this was racially motivated but Sharpton and the media portrayed it to be something that it was not.

        You: “If Zimmerman or a complete stranger shot and killed your mom or a close family member and you weren’t there to “know what happened,” wouldn’t you want answers, wouldn’t you want justice? Put yourself in Trayvon Martin’s family’s position. Need I say more.”

        Me: I would ask questions and seek answers. I would not endorse the New Black Panthers that placed a bounty on Zimmerman’s head. I would not sit back and allow Spike Lee to tweet out someone’s address. Also, I don’t know that any of my family members would have jumped on top of Zimmerman and beat him. That is what the witness told police. I trust in the justice system but I do not trust in the media. I think it would be better for all of us to take a step back and allow the system to do it’s job. You may not like that but with the way you speak it only incites division. It does not bring people together.

        Travis

  2. All you are saying is that if a complete stranger shot and killed someone close to you, and then said it was self-defence, you would just answer “ok” , brush it off and go on with your life normally as if nothing happened? Try being a bit more empathical in your arguments will ya? Zimmerman racially-profiled Trayvon Martin,not even a video camera could accurately capture racial profiling, because it is a subconscious thought process by ignorant, mostly non-black people.

    • lorijss,

      You: “Zimmerman racially-profiled Trayvon Martin,not even a video camera could accurately capture racial profiling, because it is a subconscious thought process by ignorant, mostly non-black people.”

      Me: Oh, so black people aren’t racist? The majority of racism comes from non-black people? That in itself is a racist comment. Don’t you see your hypocrisy?

      I empathize with the Martin family. Losing a loved one is never easy. However, it is much better to examine to facts in front of us before we rush to conclusions.

      Travis

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