Horhey Zimmerman needs Heysus.
Thus is the summary judgment from Trillia Newbell in her article Not Guilty: Now What? on the Gospel Coalition blog. Who is Trillia Newbell? Well, according to her the little blurb at the bottom of the article she is “. . . a freelance journalist and writer. She writes on faith and family for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, and serves as managing editor for Women of God Magazine. . . . “
Is she important in the world of Evangelical Christianity? I honestly couldn’t tell you but if she is at all reflective of American Christian thinking we have some problems.
The article title sounds like she might be offering a plan for the future in light of the George Zimmerman trial verdict but actually no; that is just the pretext. The title of her article should have been Black People got the Shaft . . . Again: George is a Damnable ‘White’ Sinner.
The article opens with some irrelevant preamble and then she breaks the rest down into two sections.
The first part We Mourn is an overt appeal for Christian compassion in behalf of Treyvon’s Martin’s parents.
From the article she has the following to say:
[Trayvon’s Father] His sentiment resonates with any parent. The deep pain and sorrow can never be fully expressed. As Christians we respond not according to media manipulation but by Scripture, and God’s Word encourages us to mourn with Martin’s family.
The apostle Paul, instructing the church in Rome on the implications of new life in Christ, challenged them and us to “weep with those who weep” (12:15).
For those who didn’t catch the progression, Trillia’s logic goes like this: The Martin family surely grieves. Romans 12: 15 says “grieve with those who grieve.” Therefore Christians have a moral obligation to join them in weeping.
Considering how mindful she is about media manipulation it is noticeable that she resorts to manipulating Christians by other means. The parallelism implied in the sentence reads “. . . not according to media manipulation but by scripture manipulations . . .”
But it is easy to overlook the editorial fuaxpas because Christians get side tracked by the lofty appeal to ‘scripture.’ A ‘scriptural’ manipulation is so much more righteous than run-of-the-mill manipulations by media charlatans writing for newspapers like the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Ehem . . .
Ok, linguistic parsing aside, I have to ask . . . is Trillia Newbell for reals? Christian’s must have emotional solidarity with the Martin’s in the name of God’s command?
Me thinks there is something rotten in Denmark. And when the hive mind tells us that “WE” should ignore our nose and just swallow, individuals should perk up their ears. I know I mixed body parts and metaphors in that last sentence, but when Christians are told that their emotional reaction should conform to doctrine “WE” need to think.
While people can empathize with the Martin’s pain over losing a son, I challenge the notion that his death specifically warrants a doctrine of grieving unanimity.
The Zimmerman/Martin event has been often described as a tragedy, but that word has the air of causeless, as if there is no relationship between actions and outcomes. This is not true. Zimmerman’s actions have come under enormous scrutiny, but rarely has scrutiny been applied to Trayvon’s actions most notably that Trevyon Martin attacked another man. (George Zimmerman is made in the image of God too, right?)