Letter: What if Zimmerman acted more like Christ?
Op-Ed · July 19, 2013

What if George Zimmerman had approached his “neighborhood watch mission” carrying Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan in his heart?

Did Zimmerman’s concept of “who is my neighbor?” correspond to Christ’s?

What if foremost in Zimmerman’s mind had been Christ’s message of “blessed are” the meek, the peacemakers, the merciful?

What if he had had the courage and wisdom to remember the Bible’s many admonitions to “fear not” and cheerfully engage Trayvon in conversation, giving the young man a chance to show his attitude without being put on the defensive?

While the jury’s outcome may be in line with current legal constraints, moral justice has certainly not been served, and we are all now less secure in our personal liberties. Zimmerman’s brand of vigilantism befriends a police state, rather than civilized “rule of law.”

My heart aches for the family and friends of Trayvon, and trembles that so many of my countrymen want their versions of Christianity in our laws and schools, yet have no concern about Zimmerman’s handling of this incident in such an un-Christian manner, and the law that has “rewarded” him for that.

Laura Twing, Tipton

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