Posted by: the warrioress | July 22, 2013

God’s Plan & Racism

In a FOX NEWS interview with Sean Hannity, George Zimmerman told Hannity that Trayvon Martin’s death was God’s will. He also stated that he wouldn’t do anything differently that night, had he an opportunity to change the way that things happened.

The Martin family was obviously very troubled by these comments, as am I.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything so ignorant in all of my life.

There are Christians who actually claim that horrific events are “God’s will.” This is pure ignorance and I’m not sure how a Christian can come to these kinds of conclusions. It would seem to me that incidents like this are the unfortunate will of people and their poor judgment, not God’s.

Even “natural” catastrophes that have to do with the weather can hardly be attributed to God. Cancer and other horrible illness isn’t God’s will. What we have done and continue to do to this planet and the living beings upon this earth is the will of the people on this planet because of the sin of GREED.

The way greedy men and women treat this planet and the animals on this earth is not God’s choice for how this earth is to handled. People have made Mammon their idol; they are no longer worshiping God or doing His will.

God put Christians and the rest of us here to be good “stewards of the earth” and the animals upon it. He trusted us to treat both with good will, conscience, and humanity.

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God trusts us in the same way to treat our neighbors as we do ourselves.

Blowing our neighbors away with concealed handguns is not the will of God. Murdering unarmed minor children is not God’s will. Stating that one would change nothing about a violent situation because God wanted things to come out that way is insanity.

God is also not a racist and He doesn’t biblically approve of racism.  Pretending that one is not racist and that we don’t have a problem with racism as a nation is just plain silly and dishonest. Racially profiling others is a problem — it’s a problem that many of us have, whether we want to admit to it or not.  We can’t change anything until we get honest about it.

Question: “What does the Bible say about racism, prejudice, and discrimination?”

Answer: The first thing to understand in this discussion is that there is only one race—the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race. All human beings have the same physical characteristics (with minor variations, of course). More importantly, all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups.

God does not show partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9), and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8). In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two “racial” groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this, destroying the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Christ on the cross.

Jesus commands us to love one another as He loves us (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died.

Racism, in varying forms and to various degrees, has been a plague on humanity for thousands of years. Brothers and sisters of all ethnicities, this should not be. Victims of racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to forgive. Ephesians 4:32 declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Racists may not deserve your forgiveness, but we deserved God’s forgiveness far less. Those who practice racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to repent. “Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:13). May Galatians 3:28 be completely realized, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

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  1. That will preach!

    Honestly, I’ve stayed away from the whole Zimmerman/Trayvon fiasco just because I didn’t feel knowledgeable enough to comment. My home is not in a gated community; nevertheless, if one of my neighbors saw a stranger (of any color) walking through my yard at night, I’d hope he or she would at least keep an eye on the person to make sure he wasn’t up to something. At the same time, I think Zimmerman should have stayed in his car like he was told and not provoked a violent confrontation. I think several bad decisions on both ends led to Trayvon’s death. Was some racial profiling involved? Likely. But I wasn’t there to see how it all unfolded, and I wasn’t in the courtroom at Zimmerman’s trial to hear all of the testimony–and I don’t trust the media to provide me with an accurate account. What this unfortunate incident proves beyond any shadow of a doubt is how much this world needs to experience the love and grace of God.

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  3. I agree with April K’s comment. Yes, several bad decisions on both ends led to this young man’s death. It seems from what we have heard that there was racial profiling on both ends, Trayvon told the young lady on the phone, whom he was talking to right before his death, that he was being followed by a white (bleep) cracker and one of the many reasons why Zimmerman probably followed this young man was because he was black. Humanity needs to learn to show love and compassion towards one other, regardless of race, color or creed.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts regarding this sad tragedy.

    Be blessed!

  4. Thank you for your courage in pointing out the insanity of Zimmerman’s interview comments. I was absolutely chilled when I saw Zimmerman’s deadpan look and heard that icy response of his on the Hannity interview’ about the whole encounter and death of Trayvon being ‘God’s will’. I was disappointed that Hannity brushed it aside so easily, not challenging Zimmerman on such an ‘out there’ statement. True, Zimmerman may have had a ‘right’ to follow someone within his gated community, but after being told by police NOT to do so, and knowing full well that he packed a concealed weapon, it seems he had ‘intent’ to take the law into his own hands.

    God knows the truth.

    Prayers for the Martin family and for peace in our time.

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