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Local pastors talk reconciliation after Zimmerman trial

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Far from satisfying their desire for justice, the televised acquittal of George Zimmerman has enraged many who wanted - and still want -- the Florida man to pay for the death of Trayvon Martin.

Victory World Church
has 11,000 members from 110 different nations. Emilio Schumann, Johnson Bowie, and Olin Holly are among its dozens of diverse pastors.

"In Heaven there's no white section, there's no black section, there's no Latino section or Asian section -- we're all one in Christ," said Bowie.

Reconciling cultures is one of its founding pillars.
 
"Our pastor's message focused on doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, and one of the key things that he told us…was to seek to understand and not just to be understood," said Holly. "For example, if there's a white person who can't understand that, I can't hold it against them because they haven't walked in my shoes."

When asked by FOX 5's Russ Spencer if there should be a federal civil rights prosecution of Zimmerman, the pastors responded:

Holly said, "I don't have a personal stake in it, but as a desire to see justice served, I would love to see justice ultimately served, if that's what it is, but my point is that we still say God is the one who ultimately renders justice."
 
Bowie said, "The good news with that sort of question is we're pastors so we don't have a skin in the game on that one, but there are people who have been put in place to see that come to pass."

The nationwide protests calling for a federal prosecution come despite an FBI investigation finding racism was not a factor in Trayvon Martin's shooting.
 
"There are individual experiences…that cause people to have wounds that may not have ever healed," Holly said. "And there are people that trials like this and situations make them recall that family, that friend, their own life circumstance that they thought they had dealt with and they realized they had not dealt with it."

"Specifically to the white community, they need to understand, these things are still active today," Bowie said. "So many times we just kind of live in bubbles and say, ‘Well, that just happened a long time ago.'  These things are still active, and I think that's why we need to be intentional to live in communities so we can carry each other's burden and understand how other people are living. Life is so much more rich."

When asked how the country ought to move forward, Schumann said, "Try and try again to love. That's my only advice because if you don't love, you are nothing."


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