Trayvon Martin…

trayvon martin shepard faireyBondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. (Ephesians 6:5-9 ESV)

How should we handle Trayvon Martin’s death & Zimmerman’s not guilty ruling?

Trayvon Martin’s case has caused lots of unrest. City Church (and Christianity as a whole even) is a church for everyone, yet even in church there can be lines drawn. Some cannot understand how this murder could go unpunished. (I am on this side). While some think justice is served & this all was overblown.

Regardless where you or I stand on this, a few truths we must learn.

-Jesus loved Trayvon & George (Whether or not you understand someones culture or not, God still loves them.)

-God does not delight in death (God is not happy that Trayvon died. “God does not delight in wicked.”)

-There is hope in Jesus (While some might think there is no hope for justice for the poor black man after this incident, or while others think this entire event was overblown…the truth is that Jesus is the only hope for the whole world (from Trayvon in a hoodie, to George with a pistol.))

Here is what I believe we can do: we can post tirades all we want, wear hoodies in the summer, we can post our agenda, our racial bias or we can do something about this.

Until you start making a difference in the community you’re just talk. Outrage without action is worthless

While many will march, many will post online, almost everyone has an opinion on this but few actually do much to help the poor communities where Trayvon’s live. In Detroit children are shot daily, 7 in the last week, wearing a hoodie or blacking out your Facebook page will spark comments and give you a voice…but what if you went into the hood and loved people?

All of us should be helping to stop events like this from happening

The tragedy of this entire event is that it could have been avoided. I’ m not talking about: (If George stayed in the car, or if Trayvon kept running), I’m referring to the fact that millions have been murdered around the globe and there is little to no attention given at all. While this case is important and it should have exposure, there are many stories that don’t even get to trial.

What about Bill (my neighbor who was pressured by his gang when he tried to get out, and shot himself in front of his 2 little girls?)

What about Cindy (a runaway girl my family helped who was abused sexually and beaten repeatedly by her “Christian” boyfriend?)

What about the 3 little children shot in a senseless drive-by on my block last summer? Are these not important? I pray that events like Trayvon Martin will awaken the church to do more and be more in the community. A sermon is just a sermon, but a sermon in shoes actually involved in peoples lives makes a difference.

The sad truth is that most people who are talking about this entire event, are doing jack to stop it from happening again.

What I mean is that the talking bobble heads on TV have made this a story, rather than seeing this as a tragedy we should all be trying to stop from repeating.

How can you stop this from happening again: who are you helping? Who’s life are you impacting? How many Trayvon’s do you know?

Our family has adopted several young teens, Keiki has over neighborhood kids, Troy lives with us several days of the week, we don’t make much, but what we got we will give.  Let me say, it’s easy to think your helping people, but it’s a whole different thing to really help someone. Most people who are outraged about this event, or that think justice has been served…both will most likely be home or doing something for themselves next month when we hand out food to those that need it next month.

Most will not give money, not tithe, not participate, we would rather show up when we want to, participate when we feel like it, rather than really get involved and help someone’s life. This week, you could have helped a Trayvon, you could have reached a George, you could have helped stop events like this by volunteering in our recovery programs, by donating food or taking food to those that need it, by helping share the gospel, but odds are you didn’t.

Truth is it’s easier to talk about outrage, it’s easier to riot than really effect change.

So here is my plea to you, get involved here at City Church. “Trayvon Martins” are killed here in Detroit daily, they don’t get any news recognition…help us reach them. Events like this happen on a weekly occurrence, Zimmermans go free, dads lose sons, parents lose children…while you march? While you vent? Or you can start helping?

I’m not saying don’t vent, in fact you should be upset that a life was taken. But don’t let the outrage stop with a march or a hoodie…rather, go find a Trayvon and a George…and be Jesus.

Here’s how you can help us:

Let the redeemed speak louder,

jon jackson 



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