The George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial has grabbed probably too many headlines this past month. But how should Christians come away thinking biblically about it? During this week's interview, John Stonestreet joins pastors Christopher Brooks and Bob Lynn to discuss how we can encourage racial reconciliation through faithfulness to the Gospel, and why we must do it together.
Pastor Bob Lynn
More than a week has passed since the jury verdict to acquit George Zimmerman. And although the streets are relatively calm, the intense feelings about the case have not dissipated. The death of Trayvon Martin, as tragic as it was, seemed to release rather than provoke a nationwide outburst of pent-up discontentment and bitterness. In the midst of it all, Christians must bring to bear the only message which truly and eternally transcends race, and brings brothers and sisters of all ethnicities together under the banner of Christ.
"Irresponsible extremists on both sides of this verdict instigated deep division," explains John Stonestreet. "The trial was full of legal and cultural nuances, but for many, you just have two options: Trayvon Martin was completely innocent or George Zimmerman was heroic. And yet in the midst of this kind of binary thinking, the real concerns about racial division that this trial has revealed are just being drowned out. Legitimate dialogue and criticism is being lost. Most disturbing to me is that this includes the place where unity and reconciliation should happen first, and that's the Church...What resource is there other than the Gospel that can foster unity and reconciliation?"
Pastor Chris Brooks
Helping us explore the nitty gritty of this controversy, as well as the road toward reconciliation are pastors Bob Lynn, Associate Pastor of Adult Education, Mission and University at Knox Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor Michigan, and Chris Brooks, Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, daily host of the radio show "Equip for Life" on Salem, and Campus Dean at Moody Theological Seminary in Michigan.
We hope this program not only provides a level-headed Christian commentary on one of the most explosive news stories of the year, but also equips you to engage with and love your fellow image-bearers of all colors.