In my opinion, Bishop TD Jakes spoke from an extremely wise and balanced perspective concerning the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case. Many people across America are asking questions about the verdict, and are demanding that justice be served. Bishop Jakes gives a wise perspective to the difference between revenge and the quest for justice, and the fact that injustice to anyone is an injustice to everyone irregardless to ethnicity. He also speaks to the definition of suspicion, and how it affected how and why Trayvon Martin was approached. Recently, President Barack Obama spoke on the subject as well, saying that he could have been Trayvon 35 years ago. As an American citizen and woman of God I have prayed about this matter, and believe that it gives us a great opportunity to address issues of race and utilize this time to draft a new future that is brighter not only for African Americans, but for our country. I also believe that the issue at hand is as much of a spiritual issue as it is a matter of race. I'm reminded of the story of Cain and Abel, when Cain killed his brother Abel, and Abel's blood cried out from the ground before God. When God confronted Cain about what he had done, he replied, "Am I my brother's keeper." The point is that we are our brother and sisters keeper, because the Bible says many things about the kind of love that we should have one for another, as well as about how when righteousness is exalted a nation stands strong, but sin and injustice is a reproach to any people. (John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:16; Proverbs 14:34) All of the answers and principles for a strong healthy society are found in the word of God, and we can move forward as a nation, but we must embrace the word of God, establish our judicial process upon its principles and live by it.
When such an enormous opportunity to bring change for the better and healing to our communities presents itself, if Christians as God's people fail to respond it is a failure of everything God's word stands for in terms of freedom, justice, and equity for every human being. If you rob a man of his dignity, you have robbed him of his right to be human. Let us pray and ask God for His wisdom and divine intervention concerning the matter in its entirety. Let's also pray for our nations leaders and judicial branch of government that God will grant them His direction and wisdom in regards to creating laws that are just and fair to everyone. There are several passages of Scripture which stand out in my mind, that I believe are very appropriate to this subject. They are in the book of Isaiah 59:14-19 (NKJV), Proverbs 14:34, and 2 Chronicles 7:14.
v. 14, Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. v. 15, So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The Redeemer of Zion then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. v. 16, He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him. v. 17, For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. v. 18, According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, recompense to His enemies; The coast lands He will fully repay. v. 19, So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
Proverbs 14:34, "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." (KJV)
2 Chronicles 7:14-15, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place."
I believe that we must turn our whole heart to God, and pray for our nation and our leaders, but not let that stop or negate our presence in the process of change. We also must get involved in the process of positive change by peaceful non-violent means of having dialogue and forums of discussion with one another as well as those who have authority in the judicial systems to help make changes for the better of all of us as American citizens. This can be an incredible time for healing, restoration and recovery of everything lost, stolen and forfeited if everyone can recognize the opportunity as it has presented itself. Perhaps, it is the greatest hour in the history of this nation to heal the racial divide, and for the Church as the body of Christ to reflect His image to the world.
After you have considered what has been said, and after you have viewed the following interview with Bishop TD Jakes on Praise 103.9, "Philadelphia's Inspiration Station", I want to invite you to share your comments on our Community Blog, and please pray for America everyday. Please share this blog and message on your social media page(s). This is a forum for positive thinking and constructive dialogue with one another on matters of importance in a peaceful non-threatening manner. Above all, please pray for Trayvon Martin's parents and family. Thank you so much for being a part of the process and God bless you.