7 Posts that help us think about the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman tragedy, racism, and what to do as Christians:
Bobby Scott takes us through his initial reaction as an African-American and then guides us in thinking about racism, realism, his initial reaction, and hope. If there’s only link you read from these, this is the one I recommend. http://www.truthinthecity.com/2013/07/the-trayvon-martin-tragedy-will-we-ever.html?m=1
Trip Lee gives us a good perspective on what it’s like to grow up as an African-American male and what conversation needs to continue since the Zimmerman/Martin verdict has passed. I think reading this one first and then transitioning to Bobby Scott’s is helpful. It was for me as a Filipino-American. http://bragonmylord.com/post/55597810048/should-we-move-on
Thabiti Anyabwile is usually the first African-American brother in Christ I like to turn to when it comes to racism because I’ve found his teaching on it so insightful. Here he speaks about what we should do and points us in the right direction as we feel the need to contribute to making this world a better place. http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2013/07/15/yet-one-more-personal-take-in-the-aftermath-of-trayvon-martin-and-the-zimmerman-verdict/
Side note: I just skimmed the main points of Thabiti’s follow up post on raising black boys to be men as a parent and it looks really good.
Al Mohler reminds us what the central tragedy of this situation is and encourages us to not lose it. http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/07/15/the-central-tragedy-of-this-case-remains-trayvon-martin-belongs-to-us-all/
Trillia Newbell exhorts us to mourn and pray. http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/07/14/not-guilty-now-what/
John Piper has tried hard to strengthen his ethnic sensitivity to this issue and writes to instruct us on how to think about race in light of the tragedy of Martin’s death. http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/trayvon-martin-race-and-the-gospel
Kevin DeYoung gives four practical things you can do to help ethnic-group relations and tension. http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2013/07/16/race-relations-4-things-you-can-do-to-help/
Update: This facebook status shared by Sho Baraka was also insightful for me, though I am more agnostic like Bobby Scott in regard to whether it was criminal.