Random Thoughts: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman & Forgiveness

by Yvonne Chase on July 15, 2013

forgiveness No Words
Over the weekend, I’m sure you were glued to the TV set awaiting the verdict in the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin trial.  After watching all day, I went out for the evening and found out via Twitter.  We all know the verdict.  I have nothing to say about it.  Everything has already been said.

Gods Justice And Gods Forgiveness
On Sunday I was hesitant about going to church because I didn’t know if my pastor would speak on it, wasn’t sure what the climate in the sanctuary would be and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to deal with any of it.  I’m so glad I tossed those feelings aside and pressed on to church.  My pastor mentioned it briefly as he spoke about Gods justice and Gods forgiveness.  As we continue the conversations around this verdict, here’s a quote my pastor shared that I want  us to keep in mind:

“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are.  It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong.  True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth.  It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing.  Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.”-Desmond Tutu (born 1931)

Honest Confrontation
I never heard that quote yet it resonated with every fiber of my being.  If you know me personally, you know I despise superficiality and welcome honest confrontation.  The possibility of a situation becoming worse will not make me turn a blind eye to the wrong.  Sometimes things need to get worse before they can get better.

Real Healing
I believe when tragedy happens as it did on the night of February 26, 2012 and culminated this past weekend, we need to lay all of the ugliness on the table and deal with whatever is staring us in the face without blowing up and becoming bitter because as Desmond Tutu says, “In the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring about real healing.

Something to think about…

What say you…Do you confront the ugliness  in your life or do you sweep it under the rug? When was the last time you had an honest confrontation? Did it make things worse or better? Would you do it again? What are your thoughts on forgiveness as it relates to the verdict?

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Andrea July 17, 2013

I like to deal with issues head on. Doing nothing and allowing them to fester is like remaining in bondage to me. I agree with a lot of what you posted here. I thank Catherine for linking your post. I’m exhausting by all of the foolishness both before this tragedy and media circus and after.

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Yvonne chase July 17, 2013

Andrea,

It is exhausting to say the least. Lots of honest confrontations need to happen if we’re going to heal.

Thanks for stopping by…

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April July 17, 2013

Here’s the favorite thing I have read about this so far, from Trajan McGill:

“…what is proven beyond a reasonable doubt is that some damn fool with a wannabe hero complex, carrying a holster full of bullets and prejudice, decided some black kid walking to his dad’s house was not only automatically worth calling 911 about, but needed to be followed and harassed. He then created a totally unnecessary confrontation that resulted in the death of a teenager…” and “…there is a certain kind of man who becomes a bigger man when he’s carrying a gun. That kind of man should never carry a gun.”

http://www.jacobheiss.com/2013/07/on-zimmermans-acquittal-an-trayvon-martins-death/

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Yvonne Chase July 19, 2013

April,

I agree with Trajan McGill. Spot on assessment of the situation. Trayvon Martin would be alive if he wasn’t judged by the color of his skin and if George Zimmerman wasn’t a wanna be cop with a hero complex carrying a holster full of bullets and prejudice.

This part of what Trajan says truly resonates with me. I couldn’t have said this better:

“There is a certain kind of man who becomes a bigger man when he’s carrying a gun. That kind of man should never carry a gun. If being armed affects the size of your sense of self and the degree of confidence you have in your manhood…if you walk differently when you have a gun on you–and I mean more self-assuredly rather than more carefully…if it makes you more likely to casually walk right into a confrontation rather than more cautious about bringing something that can kill into the midst of a situation…if you are a bigger man when you are carrying a gun, then you need to put it away and lock it up, go take some time and find yourself, and wait until you’ve grown into a full man in your own right. Only once it doesn’t change who you are to hold a tool like that will you be ready to do so.”

So…What do we do now? How do we move forward? How do we make sure this never happens again? Can we make sure this never happens again?

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