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Ayvaunn Penn: Who’s Crazy Enough To Pray For George Zimmerman’s Restoration & Well Being?

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zimmermanThe answer should be you and me. This is long overdue, and it is not easy, but it is necessary. We should be praying for George Zimmerman’s restoration and well being. Before I am trampled by those outraged by the Zimmerman verdict, let me say that I, too, am abhorred that Zimmerman gets to walk free after killing an innocent teen. That is why I took the opportunity to speak at Dallas City Hall for the Trayvon Martin 100 City Vigil as seen in the video below. This does not change the fact, however, that the African-American community — strongly rooted in the church as it is — must not neglect to pray positive prayers for Zimmerman — yes, even in the midst of our hurt and disgust over young Trayvon Martin’s death.

We, ourselves, would be guilty of a great crime if we abused the faith that has brought our people through so many years of oppression ranging from the days of slavery, to the civil rights era, to today. It would be villainous for us to only exercise our faith for our own benefit, for we are not the only children of the Lord in need of grace. If churches around this country are going to call upon the Lord for justice to be served, we must also follow after God’s Word lest we be disobedient children making requests of our Heavenly Father. Yes, Zimmerman committed a great crime, but in the words of Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness,” (Galatians 6:1 KJV).

Now, this does not mean that we should pray for Zimmerman to get his gun back. That is not the type of restoration being discussed here. What this scripture is telling us, however, is that we should pray for people at fault, such as Zimmerman, to find their way back to the straight and narrow path of righteousness. Hard as it may be, we should not simply tell people at fault, “Oh, you know you’re wrong for that,” and simply walk away filled with criticism towards them. We should be sending spiritual encouragement Zimmerman’s direction. Instead of just talking negatively about him for racially profiling Trayvon Martin, we should pray for a change in his spirit that he will from now on view all races with eyes of equality. We should minister unto him what thus saith the Lord and not give up on him. We are all sinners. We all fall short, and God views all sin the same — though different sins can have drastically different and devastating outcomes.

This act is no easy thing, but it is our job as a community rooted in faith to not just pray for the Martin family and that true justice will be served. We must also pray for Zimmerman’s restoration as described by Apostle Paul in the inspired Word of God. Who’s crazy enough to pray for the restoration of George Zimmerman? I know I am, and I hope you’ll be.

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Ayvaunn Speaks at Trayvon Martin 100 City Vigil

 

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Ayvaunn Penn is an editor for All Christian News, an award-winning writer, and the author of Ephemeral Moments. This book of poetry and short stories addresses issues such as: struggles of faith, domestic abuse, racial injustice, a falling economy, and contemporary love – all through the eyes of a Christian. It is available for purchase on Create Space eStoreTo preview the book, click here To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here.