As a Catholic I find it necessary to rebut comments by people who seem to have a difficulty with the fact that George Zimmerman spoke openly about “God’s plan” in his interview with Sean Hannity. At the very least one needs to know the context of the statement. At the same time one needs to know the fine distinctions between the Protestant or Calvinistic theory of predestination and the Catholic understanding of God’s plan.
Not everything goes right in our lives and I do speak from experience. I know how I have reacted when someone would talk to me of God’s plan. The fact is that perhaps that night God did have a plan for one of the two who met on a dark and rainy night. Was it a plan for Trayvon Martin or was it a plan for George Zimmerman. I cannot answer that question because I do not know the mind of God. However, I can tell you what I think.
First of all, let’s look at Trayvon Martin’s lifestyle. It was terrible. He was a drug dealer. He wanted to purchase or possess a gun. He was a gang member wannabe… let’s stop right there and concentrate a little bit on this very negative assessment of Trayvon Martin. What if anything stands out to you? I will answer for myself and it is the very last thing that I wrote…. a gang member wannabe.
The reality is that gang members kill people. They kill each other and they kill innocent victims. I have recently read remarks about hunting polar bears. I assume that it means hunting down whites, attacking and killing them. This is indeed the direction in which Trayvon Martin was heading.
Now look at what happened that night and decisions that were apparently made by Trayvon Martin (not taking into account that a burglary tool was in fact found in the bushes close to where the altercation took place). Trayvon Martin made the decision to attack George Zimmerman. By looking at the presented facts, including Rachel’s testimony, we know that Trayvon Martin had the opportunity to reach the place where he was staying yet he backtracked. This adds to my belief that Trayvon Martin intended attacking and possibly killing George Zimmerman that night. There is sufficient evidence that suggests that it was Trayvon Martin who intended to do any killing.
Now, why is it not possible that God did intervene in the situation, thus saving Trayvon Martin from probable eternal condemnation at the same time? Why is it not possible, that when no one came to help, somehow God gave George the strength to stop Trayvon reaching that gun, and then using it himself in self-defense?
From Biblical examples, I will point to Judas Iscariot. Jesus knew who was going to be the man to betray Him when His time had come. That person was Judas Iscariot. There was something in the behaviour of Judas Iscariot that gave him away. Perhaps it was selfishness. Perhaps it was greed. If you look closely you will find Biblical evidence that Judas Iscariot was in fact a greedy man. His statements, recorded for posterity show him to be a man who was hungry for money. He also stole from the kitty. We acknowledge that it was the destiny of Judas Iscariot to be the one who would betray Jesus. Judas was still responsible for his own actions, so how is it that we accept that it was the Will of God? I think the answer lies in the fact that the Will of God involved the Son and that Judas Iscariot was the bit player who was unwilling to change his ways, even in the presence of God.