There is a difference between revenge and justice. By the dictionary, justice is the administration of what is just by assigning merited rewards or punishments. It says nothing about taking revenge on an individual. A trial by jury ensures that an individual is guilty or innocent, and George Zimmerman was determined to be innocent by a jury, and accordingly he was not punished.
However, public opinion held its own trial. It determined Zimmerman was guilty. The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson declared a mistrial, then led street riots and public disturbances.
I can understand the black community’s concern about unequal justice. However, the appeals court has the responsibility to determine if mistakes were made in the trial process. This is the proper action to be taken to overturn the lower court’s decision.
Mob action in the streets is not appropriate in any circumstance. We either are a nation of laws, or a nation that judges by mob mentality. I believe that most of the rioters are not true Christians, because judgment by man (revenge) is forbidden in the New Testament. God gave those prohibitions because we are all imperfect. Revenge goes beyond the limits set by God himself.
Richard E. Hogue, Ph.D.