We also need to pray for God to bring George Zimmerman to repentance. Yes, in accordance with the Scripture quoted above, we need to pray for George’s salvation. As hard as it is for us to concede this, God loves George just as much as He loves Trayvon.
In addition to praying for the family and George, we need to pray for the Holy Spirit to work in the Sanford police department and the State Attorney’s office. We need to pray for the Holy Spirit to put a deep longing for justice and love in the hearts of the Sanford law enforcement community.
Although prayer is the most powerful response we can make, it should not be our only response. Our prayers need to be accompanied by loving action. It is our duty to question the Sanford law enforcement community and expect them to perform their duties in a professional manner. I have great respect and appreciation for the men and women who risk their lives to protect us. But, for the good of the community, they must be held to a high standard.
As Christians, we are expected to love our enemies and not seek revenge. In order for us to do this, we must be able to depend on the government to seek justice on our behalf. Romans 13:4 states, “For he [government] is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He [government] is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” In other words, God institutes governments in order to implement justice. When governments fail to do this, we, as Christians, should feel compelled to ask why. We should ask the Sanford criminal justice community, “Why are you not implementing justice?”
It is right for us to demand, in a forceful yet non-violent and loving way, an answer as to why the city of Sanford has failed to implement justice. That is happening. On Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. there will be a one-hour prayer vigil at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church (1203 Olive Avenue, Sanford, Florida). Then, on Monday, March 26 at 4 p.m. there will be a march and rally for justice. It will start at First United Methodist Church (419 Park Ave., Sanford, Florida.) and end at the Sanford City Hall. I will attend both events. I encourage you to attend these events.
May God’s grace overshadow this situation and use it for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
David L. Charlton
First United Methodist Church of Sanford
 It is true, a court of law found George Zimmerman not guilty of murder. I, however, disagree with that verdict. For a thorough analysis of the court proceedings, read: “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” by Lisa Bloom.