Did I Say Justice? Sorry, I Meant Revenge

Like most people in America, I have been watching the Zimmerman trial and the aftermath. I watched the vigils across America demanding justice for Trayvon. In fact, CNN had one article this week titled, "Nationwide Rallies Demand Justice for Trayvon." CNN also reported that one of these rallies in Miami was attended by hundreds of supporters who chanted, "No Peace! No Justice!" One of the demonstrators told CNN, "...as a community, we need to come together and we need to support justice for Trayvon."

As a former police officer, testifying in court was part of my job. As juries brought their verdicts I could always count on one group to be disappointed with the outcome and demand "justice"... often storming out of the courthouse in a rage.

May I tell you something? These folks who often cry for justice don't really mean it. What they are really seeking is revenge. You see, in the Zimmerman trial justice was served. The prosecution and the defense agreed upon the composition of the jury. It wasn't just one-sided. Both sides had the opportunity to select jurors they wanted and strike those they did not. In courtrooms throughout America this is done every day and each day justice continues to be served.

So let's stop fooling ourselves by saying we're demanding justice for Trayvon and others like him. Let's say what we really mean. People aren't crying out for justice for Trayvon... they are seeking revenge for Trayvon.

The Bible warns us about the dangers of seeking revenge. Romans 12:17 tells us:

"Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

In the death of Trayvon and in other situations throughout our lives we may never know all the facts. Let's stop acting like we do. Let's start leaving difficult situations to God. He clearly tells us that He will repay those who commit evil acts. That is God's work, not ours.