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.
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.”
- Prejudice and Jesus (almostamissionary.wordpress.com)
- Vengeance is not OURS, despite how we may feel. (livingmoreabundantly4christ.com)
- Racism Is Not In Your Head (drewdowns.net)
- What Racism Looks Like (tjlabey.wordpress.com)
- The George Zimmerman trial and race. What does the Bible say? (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)