Last night in an interview with Fox New’s Sean Hannity, George Zimmerman – confessed murderer of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida – shared more details related to his account of events surrounding the night of February 26, 2012.
Continuing his argument of self-defense, Zimmerman painted a very different picture of Trayvon Martin. His account tells of a Trayvon who attacked him for no reason and out of no where while yelling at the defenseless Zimmerman that he was going to kill him. In his story, Trayvon was on top of him punching him in the head and then when Zimmerman’s gun became visible – his depiction has Trayvon reaching for the gun and verbalizing his desire to shoot him.
Zimmerman had no choice – in this version – but to shoot Trayvon.
When pressed on whether or not he would do anything differently, Zimmerman said, “I feel it was all God’s Plan.”
He might as well have said, “It was God’s will that I kill Trayvon Martin.” It was God’s Will that this young man be murdered at 17 years old.
And with those few words, Zimmerman made the case as to why he should be absolved from any responsibility for the death of Trayvon Martin. God made me do it.
It’s a position, contrary to Freewill, that runs in concert with Determinism – a belief that we are but robotic actors on some cosmic stage where The Divine is the Executive Producer and we are locked into pre-deteremined roles.
Not much unlike Jamie Foxx who would blame it on the alcohol – Zimmerman and those who ascribe to Determinism place the blame and responsibility squarely in the sacred lap of God.
God is the one who set this up. I’m just doing God’s Will.
Sound familiar? It should.
Because Pastors John Hagee, Michael Stevens, and Christians United for Israel ascribes to this line of thinking and therefore their theology and activism has no redemptive ground for Palestinians…even Palestinian Christians. Their souls are content with the massive, wanton murder of Palestinians.
It should sound familiar because White Christian militias like Hutaree march in formation to this belief that it was God’s Will that they allegedly take up arms and plan a large-scale attack on police officers.
It should sound familiar because american weapons manufacturers like Trijicon placed biblical scriptures on high-powered rifle sights to provide godly encouragement and to numb the conscience of soldiers who were involved in the decimation of nations.
It should sound familiar because President Barack Obama during his Nobel Peace Prize speech wrapped the murderous and unrighteous actions of the United State Military in such admirable language that you would think that he provided a divinely sanctioned addendum to Jesus’ teaching that one should love their enemies.
The United States and many others have provided and promoted the environment for violence that destroys the fabric of humanity while at the same time telling Black boys in inner cities across the country that they should find ways to work out their conflict nonviolently. (Hypocrite much?)
And underneath all of these examples are simple readings of scripture and shallow, embedded theology that is the prize of the short-sighted mind.
If you let Zimmerman and those who agree with him tell it, God has a lot of blood on her hands.