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A Prescription for Life in the Face of Injustice… #TrayvonMartin

A Prescription for Life in the Face of Injustice… #TrayvonMartin
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

BlogFam, as I write this post, I cannot separate the thoughts, feelings, emotions that I have regarding the verdict in the case against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in the State of Florida.  I am very intentional about not using this blog as a space for social or political commentary on the current events of the day because that is not the intent of this blog.  I simply aim to share my reflections on the Holy Writ and I pray that my reflections will inspire you to love God, love yourself, love your neighbor and perhaps, thereby change the world in which we live for the better.  And as I continue to type, perhaps, this blog will be no different. 

In all honesty, I am not completely sure how to apply these verses in light of the NOT GUILTY verdict in this case or any other case, statute, amendment, or vote where injustice, prejudice, de-humanization, racism, gender bias, intolerance and ignorance seem to prevail.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I can definitely and most readily apply the verse that says PRAY CONTINUALLY.  I do not think that any person of faith would argue that PRAYER is always in order.  There is something that is life giving about being able to reach out to a power beyond ourselves for whatever our family, our community, our nation, and Florida might need.  I am grateful for the privilege to approach God in prayer in every situation that I face personally and on behalf of people whose life situations and circumstances need supernatural attention.  I am grateful that God hears and answers prayer as continually as I pray.  I am grateful for the peace of mind, clarity, comfort, and divine companionship that comes when I pray and YES I do believe this is…Prayer is God’s will for you and for me in Christ Jesus.

BUT now I am forced to wrestle with the verses around the verse about prayer that say to REJOICE ALWAYS and GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES in light of this verdict.  
What in the world is there to REJOICE about?  
What exactly should I be THANKING GOD for?

I have read countless tweets and Facebook status updates of men and women responding in so many different ways to this verdict.  So many have criticized, questioned, protested, rebelled, marched, blacked out, hooded up, come down on the judge, the jury, the jurisdiction and the justice system.  And after all of that, the words of this text still call for what has to be two of the most awkward and most "churchy" things to do and say... REJOICE and GIVE THANKS.

Yes, Really.  And without exception to ANY situation where we might believe or clearly see that liberty and justice for all is lacking or questionably applied or apprehended, we, who are servants of the Most High are called to REJOICE ALWAYS and to GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. 

BlogFam, how in the world is this even possible?  

Placing that NOT GUILTY verdict to the side for a brief moment, the truth is that this is NOT the first time in history that people have felt the tension in our nation when it comes to defining JUSTICE and regardless of the legal standard to pronounce criminal verdicts Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, someone, somewhere will always have DOUBTS about whether or not the burden of proof was met by the Prosecution.

Perhaps, this could be why verses like those we are highlighting today and others like them are to be daily prescriptions in the lives of every believer.  Meaning, in this life, the most certain truth that we can stand on BY FAITH is the will of God concerning Christ Jesus. And regardless of how you may or may not feel about the verdict in the case against George Zimmerman, the perspective we gain when we REJOICE and GIVE THANKS helps us all to re-calibrate and keep Christ at the forefront of every expression of support or disagreement we might offer.

So, again, I ask you… 
What in the world is there to REJOICE about?  
What exactly should you be THANKING GOD for?  
I will not say but I do believe that even in the most recent turn of events…  To Rejoice and To Give Thanks is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.  So, in your tweets, your rants, your outrage, your updates, your prayers, your rallies, your rambling and your rumblings….
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

This is a Prescription for ALL of our Lives… and it is not an easy pill to swallow.

Delesslyn A. Kennebrew

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