The upcoming gigy between Zimmerman and DMX is more than a sporting issue; it is a spiritual issue, as well. Rolling Out sought commentary from well respected scholars on religion and the Rev. Steven Wilson responded. Wilson is a well respected scholar of humanities and religion at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
“This is a very complex issue. On the one hand, some would say that ‘no good deed goes unpunished.’ Some would see it as God’s retribution on Zimmerman for his sins. In eastern traditions, the concept of karma would be invoked, that one’s actions in this life determine one’s future,” he said. “Others would invoke the old adage ‘God don’t like ugly!’ However, it is important to realize that scripture teaches that God is the ultimate judge and arbiter of justice and each man will be afforded according to his deeds. Samuel 26:23 says, ‘The Lord rewards each man for his integrity and loyalty.'”
He adds, “However, another view is the propriety issue. Zimmerman has proven to have a violent nature by his continual encounters with the police. Either he is using his notoriety for gain, or cannot help himself. In any case, scripture also teaches that one should not reward evil. As my wife said, he should not be able to profit from his misdeeds. The message that is conveyed to the youth is important. It is clear that the only recourse is repentance. The only way for Zimmerman to find peace, even in all that he has done, is in the arms of a forgiving and loving God. Isaiah 1:18 promises, ‘Come, let’s consider your options,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow; though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet, you can become white like wool.'”