Tragedy and suffering are inevitable parts of life in this world. Justice is always delayed, and is never perfect in this world. We have pain in this world, but take heart, Christ has overcome the world.
America has been riveted by the trial of George Zimmerman for the 26 Feb 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin. Race, Zimmerman is a white Hispanic and Martin was black, has played a major role. The all female jury rendered a final verdict of “not guilty” on all charges, which ranged from second degree murder to manslaughter. Some people are elated and others are furious, as is inevitable in such a highly charged case.
One thing is certain, however, everyone involved is suffering. Martin suffered on the night of his death. His mother Sybrina Fulton has suffered every night since then, and now is left to wonder if justice was done, or ever will be. Many African Americans are suffering through what some consider persistent persecution of their race. The jury is suffering. They cannot help but revisit their verdict time and again, hoping that they decided rightly. When their identities are revealed, as is inevitable, these women will have reason to worry about their own safety. The judge, the prosecutors, and defense, and everyone in the process will have the same anxieties, and they may be threatened by those who believe that justice was denied.