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.