Posted by: the warrioress | July 14, 2013

Jesus Wore A Hoodie

It’s difficult to know what to write about the death of Trayvon Martin. Instead of casting stones and blame about, or poisoning my heart and the hearts of others with the burdens of what is wrong with our justice system,  today I choose to try to remember Trayvon with hope and love. I will not think about the nations problems with prejudice, even in these days with all we’ve learned. Today I will remember and honor the memory of a young seventeen year old boy, who was taken from this world far too soon. Trayvon, a week before his death

Today, I picture Trayvon resting in the arms of Jesus, where he is safe, beloved, treasured, and most of all not betrayed. A safer place for Trayvon will not be found, though the arms of his mother, father, and family members were probably pretty close. I’m asking the Lord to also hold Sybrina Fulton, Tray’s mom, and Tracy Martin, Tray’s Dad, and the rest of the Martin family and friends within God’s arms as well, close to His heart.  May they rest in the presence of our Lord, knowing we grieve with them for Trayvon Martin, a life cut short before he had barely lived.

May we all learn what God wants us to learn about this sad, tragic, unthinkable blot upon our nation’s history. May we overcome as a people what brought us to the place where an innocent child is lost to us, through no fault of his own. May God bless and keep young Trayvon Martin and may we never forget why or how he lost his precious life.

Martin’s family members weren’t in the courtroom when the verdict was read, but reacted on Twitter Saturday night. Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, expressed his disappointment with the verdict, tweeting, ”Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY.” Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, tweeted ”Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have. At the end of the day, GOD is still in control. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you forever Trayvon!!! In the name of Jesus!!!”

Twitter about Trayvon

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  1. Thoughtful sentiment to God’s glory and the life that was loss. I’m happy to read the parents faith in God hasn’t deterred. We should follow their lead, their hope, and their faith, and hold onto God’s outcome.

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  3. Jesus wore a hoodie, true. But if the night watchman asked Jesus where he was going, I don’t think the two men would have ended up rolling on the ground.

    When the trial began, I wasn’t already “prejudiced” as it were toward one side or the other, as in, my mind was not made up. When I heard the prosecution questioning a man who credibly said Zimmerman’s account of what happened has remained consistent since that night and when I heard the judge making the 3rd degree murder/child abuse charge, I became angry. I knew there was no way Zimmerman could be found guilty and I myself think he is not guilty. I think a bunch of presumptuous people assume they were standing there with Trayvon and that obviously the young man was perfectly reasonable and within his rights. But what is the purpose of a night watchman? It is to maintain peace in a community, not to let rebellious youth run the streets regardless of their race or color.

    And that’s my 2 cents worth! Nice to see you again.

  4. Thank you for posting this and honoring this child. Your kindness and compassion is always evident through your writing…..

  5. Thanks, Laurel. (hugs) I just can’t believe the heartbreak and most probably anger that Tray’s parents are feeling; they are so dignified though; their behavior has been without blemish. I admire them both. I don’t think I could show as much grace as they have were this my child who was murdered.

  6. Valerie said:

    Jesus wore a hoodie, true. But if the night watchman asked Jesus where he was going, I don’t think the two men would have ended up rolling on the ground.

    Perhaps the night watchman would have been courteous enough to tell Jesus who he was and why he was insisting on following and questioning the innocent minor child when he wasn’t even on duty, instead of following and scaring the boy like some stalker on that dark, rainy night. Why didn’t he stay in the car? Why not follow the directions given by the emergency operator? Why go after a kid who was innocently walking around with his watermelon drink and skittles, where he belonged?

    The answer is an easy one. He did racially profile the kid. He never advised the child who he was. He was involved when and where he had no right to be. He was out of line and his behavior was over the top.

    When the trial began, I wasn’t already “prejudiced” as it were toward one side or the other, as in, my mind was not made up. When I heard the prosecution questioning a man who credibly said Zimmerman’s account of what happened has remained consistent since that night and when I heard the judge making the 3rd degree murder/child abuse charge, I became angry. I knew there was no way Zimmerman could be found guilty and I myself think he is not guilty. I think a bunch of presumptuous people assume they were standing there with Trayvon and that obviously the young man was perfectly reasonable and within his rights. But what is the purpose of a night watchman? It is to maintain peace in a community, not to let rebellious youth run the streets regardless of their race or color.

    A nightwatchman should be dressed in some appropriate attire that tells the real bad guys that he is “in charge” and watching the streets, and that he is armed. One doesn’t pursue & assault an unarmed CHILD, then eventually murder him when he fights back. Someone who doesn’t stand down when told to cannot call one’s self a legitimate security officer; that’s someone who uses poor judgment and has taken the law into his own hands like a vigilante.

    I believe Z. should have received at least a manslaughter charge (ten year minimum). That he walks free and gets the gun back that killed the minor child is so insane and disgusting that i throw up a little in my mouth every time I think about it.

    And that’s my 2 cents worth! Nice to see you again.

    You’re entitled to your two cents and you know I adore you, Val. (chuckle). We don’t agree on this issue though — not one little bit. Regardless, I know we can agree to disagree;I do wish you were around more; miss talking to you, girl. (hugs) Adrienne

  7. Thanks for the pingback!

  8. Tahlitha said:

    Thoughtful sentiment to God’s glory and the life that was loss. I’m happy to read the parents faith in God hasn’t deterred. We should follow their lead, their hope, and their faith, and hold onto God’s outcome.

    Agreed, but I also agree with the peaceful protests that are going on, and believe that this should be followed up by the feds and a wrongful death suit should be filed. In fact, any and everything that can be done should be done, to change the laws and make things more consistent for all who are being charged under “stand your ground.” Thanks for your comment, Tahlitha!

  9. So how was Trayvon like Christ again, aside from the fact that our Savior is represented wearing a “hoodie”? Aren’t we supposed to turn the other cheek, if someone wants our coat to give that person our cloak also? Everyone feels like they were walking with Trayvon that day but I haven’t heard that he offered the night watchman a handful of Skittles. Maybe that would have kept him alive. That’s probably what Jesus would have done. “Would you like some of my Arizona iced tea?” (In fact, someone should make a commercial about it for the next superbowl.)

    I’m going to take the sublime to the LudiCris and suggest that if Jesus wanted to testify about this issue before Congress, they would make him take his hoodie off (and probably make him wear shoes and socks). I’m sure Jesus wouldn’t complain, “Dog, you be Savior-profilin’ me…”

  10. Hey Val,

    Trayvon was the child, the minor in the encounter. Zimmerman was the adult and supposed to be a legitimate security officer. He didn’t act like a legitimate security officer acts. I absolutely cannot believe that he will continue to carry a gun and receives not even a slap on the wrist for murdering an unarmed seventeen year old boy. If that was your or my child walking to the store who was being followed on the way back by some old perv (possibly their pov)and they wound up dead? Seriously, have you thought this through, Val?

  11. http://the-little-talks.com/2013/07/16/now-my-actual-thoughts-on-the-george-zimmerman-trial/

    Really good take on this matter….

  12. You’re welcome Warrioress.

  13. Everyone agrees with you that “Trayvon was the [a] child” because he is represented as such by the media. He is commonly shown in photos that are 2-3 years older than the incident where he lost his life. Young men grow up fast, and his mother didn’t know him anymore. She certainly didn’t know he was high on dope when he went to the convenience store at 1:30 a.m., which the toxicology reports show. But please consider this:

    For over 200 years in the history of our nation, African American men have struggled against being called “Boy.” Against the tide of popular music and other poisonous social influences, today’s young Black males continue to strive to attain a notion of manhood that is nonviolent and truly emancipated, but with manhood comes responsibility and reasonable discretion. At all times both Zimmerman and his defense team respected Trayvon and his family by assuming reasonable discretion on the part of the decedent. Although he wasn’t of age to drink legally and he truly qualified as a minor because he was under 18, ask yourself this: Was he a “child”? No, he was not. When the judge declared 3rd degree manslaughter and CHILD ABUSE, she threw the case in favor of the defense. The best possible outcome at that point would have been a declared mistrial. As a senior member of the defense team, had I my client’s best interest at heart, I would have pushed for a mistrial on the grounds that the judge had inadvertently made a racially derogatory remark in her ruling, and moved to retry the case.

    As a single mother, if I had a son like that and he went outdoors high after midnight and then managed to come home alive after bashing some guy’s head in, I would open up a can on him for being disrespectful to an authority figure charged with keeping law and order in my community. A Not Guilty verdict was handed down by an informed jury after the defense proved that Zimmerman was competent at his job. No one would want a night watchman who’s afraid to use his service revolver. I sure wouldn’t.

  14. Val, have a read of this… I think it clarifies the position of a neighborhood watchman really well.

    http://thegrio.com/2012/03/21/zimmerman-not-a-member-of-recognized-neighborhood-watch-organization/

  15. Jesus wore a hoodie? Where did you get that from? You say Trayvon is now in the arms of Jesus? Is there any evidence whatsoever that he was “Born Again?” I sure would like to know more.

  16. […] received a question by email, asking me why I reported in my posting “Jesus Wore a Hoodie” that Trayvon Martin was resting in the arms of Jesus, and how I knew that he was born again. This […]

  17. I’ve responded to this question of yours on the following posting, Jim. Thank you for sharing!

    https://lifeofafemalebiblewarrior.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/age-of-accountability/


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