When George Zimmerman gave his interview on Sean Hannity’s Show he stated that it was God’s Will that he survived. This comment outraged the Scheme Team. Is it any wonder, because that statement exposed them in ways that they have not understood, and the same can be said about the people who are not part of the Scheme Team, but who were offended because George Zimmerman mentioned God.
The point is: George Zimmerman is a Catholic, and a statement such as the one he made suggests that he has a somewhat strict view where his Catholicism is concerned. Today during Mass I found myself thinking about what George said within a Catholic context. To some extent the statement is fatalistic. What I think George meant is simply that when he was able to reach for the gun first and fire off that shot it was God’s Will that he survive, and perhaps even undergo some of the persecution that he has been receiving. It seems that George is leaving everything up to the Will of God.
Some of the nastiest comments about this simple statement came from Tracy Martin, and what really sticks out was the comment about “not being the same God”. It was a very anti-Catholic statement, and the truth is that it was a statement that jarred with me to the point that I cannot get it out of my mind. I have some genuine problems with people who espouse anti-Catholicism, and for this reason alone, I have genuine problems with Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton and their form of Christianity. As a Catholic I probably have a very black and white point of view on certain things, especially regarding who will enter into the Kingdom of God. (my own reasoning is very personal and relates to family matters associated with members of my family who ended up becoming Baptists – I was never impressed by those things). My point here is that if a person dies in the act of stealing or beating up another person and especially with the intention of killing that person, then I cannot see how such a person would be allowed to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
The point is: how can the statement regarding God’s Will be reconciled in such a way that people are not offended (even though I am very offended by the remarks made by Tracy Martin). I think of it this way: It is not God’s intention that we should all go to hell. On the contrary it is God’s desire that we reside with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven. However, the wicked, that is those who reject God will not be able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who are clothed in the Wedding garments will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven and that Wedding Garment is grace. Whilst it is God’s Will that we will be saved and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, inevitably there will be many who reject the Will of God, and who are denied entry into the Kingdom of Heaven, thus ending up in what we call Hell.
What about Sybrina claiming the same thing about her thug son? My response to that is perhaps she is right, but not in the way that she means. What if George Zimmerman had been the one shot and killed that night? What if Trayvon Martin was the one who ended up being arrested? He would have been just another black boy stastic in the prison system – one who truly should have been charged with murder in the second degree because he is the one who had bashed George Zimmerman, and who was the perpetrator of the violence on that fateful night. Since it was Trayvon Martin who had been in the act of committing a crime when he died, one could argue that it was God’s Will that he be spared the trauma of going to prison for a very lengthy stay. It can be easily argued that a life cut short in that manner is better off than a life where the person ends up in prison. It can be argued that it was God’s Will that Trayvon Martin’s crime spree was cut short because of those events that night. It can be argued that it was God’s Will that Trayvon Martin was removed so that he could not be responsible for selling drugs on the streets, hence being responsible for the possible deaths of other human beings.
It is only when one looks at the lives of both people that perhaps one can see the Will of God in action, but perhaps what we see is not in accord with how others see the same events because of their own upbringing. In other words, yes, the Will of God was very much present that night, just not the way that we might see God working in that particular situation.