This IS the best sermon I’ve heard regarding the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case! Looks like I know what church I’m attending the next time I visit family up in Virginia.
This pastor brought up some VERY valid points and seamlessly put it in biblical context. Watching this sermon actually put ME in check to remember that God is in control of every single aspect of our minute lives. People are always saying so much it almost seems like a cliché; but it is so FARRRRR from one.
When Jesus went to the cross it was a tragic situation, but in the end God set it up so that we all would have another chance at eternity with Him. He KNEW and saw what was to come. He knew that we, as humans, needed a living example so that when things get tough for us or get to the point that we don’t understand WHY…we can push through in faith knowing that regardless of what tragedies happen, it will all work out for [our] good.
I often talk to my father about the amazing dynamic of who Jesus Christ the Saviour is. There is NO human in history that could possibly experience all the joy and all the sorrow we feel here on Earth EXCEPT for Jesus. He knew what it was like to be raised by a ‘stepfather’. He knew what it was like to feel alone. He knew what it was like to have friends to act a fool on Him. He knew what it was like to lose a loved one. He knew what it was like to feel discouraged (Garden of Gethsemane). He knew what it was like to be turned on. He knew what it was like to be tempted. He knew what it was like to love. He knew what it was like to die.
We have to keep this very powerful dynamic in mind when it comes to the George Zimmerman verdict. We know it is not fair that a boy (who wasn’t breaking in any homes or holding anyone up at gunpoin) was murdered (for whatever reason) and so does God; but we need to find comfort in knowing that He is orchestrating something greater behind the scenes. It was terrible when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, but look at what good came from it. Though it seems as though we are barely one foot out of the Jim Crow/Civil Rights Era, we have to know that the progress we HAVE seen was put into motion years ago. So… though it’s unfortunate that Trayvon Martin lost his life, this case will no doubt be a wheel in the progress that is to come 5, 10, even 20 years down the road.
There are some things we can’t explain – they just are. There will be things that we just cannot grasp with our carnal minds, but regardless of what we think or how we feel, God knows that it will all work out for His glory in the end – just like it’s supposed to.
Excuse the ramble, but this sermon got these wheels turning in this noggin of mine!