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EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Wearing hooded sweatshirts similar to the one that Trayvon Martin wore on the night he was killed, many preachers and worshippers echoed calls for justice Sunday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida last month. The one-month anniversary of Martin’s death is Monday. He was shot while wearing a “hoodie” as he walked home on a rainy night in a gated community. The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, is the son of a white father and Hispanic mother, and the demands to charge him in Martin’s slaying have grown ever louder. He had called police to report the hooded figure as suspicious; Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea, talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone. In African-American and other religious centers from Florida to Atlanta, New York and Chicago, messages from pulpits couldn’t help but touch on a seemingly avoidable tragedy that continues to be rife with more questions than answers. But while the call continued to be for the arrest of Zimmerman, there were also pleas to use the incident to spark a larger movement.

“How do we turn pain into power?” the Rev. Jesse Jackson asked a standing-room only congregation of hundreds while preaching at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, Fla., about 20 miles from the site of the Sanford, Fla., shooting. “How do we go from a moment to a movement that curries favor?”

Jackson preached a sermon entitled “The Substance of Things Hoped For.” He called, among other things, for Martin’s “martyr” death to be used as an opportunity to revive the Civil Rights Commission and draw attention to long-standing issues. Very young children and teens sat in the choir behind him.   ” The blood of the innocent has power,” Jackson said to shouts of “Amen” and loud clapping. Jackson invoked the names of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy lynched in Mississippi in 1955 for supposedly whistling at a white woman, and slain civil rights figures Medgar Evans and Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There’s power in the blood of Emmett Till! There’s power in in the blood of Medgar Evers! There’s power in the blood of Dr. King!” Jackson made a direct plea to change the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law that many believe local authorities in Florida used to avoid arresting him. Zimmerman’s attorney has said he believes the case falls under Florida’s stand-your-ground law, which dictates that a person has the right to stand his or her ground and “meet force with force” if attacked. Attorney Craig Sonner has said Zimmerman is not a racist.

It is certainly tragedy in what happened to the young man Trayvon Martin, and we will continue to pray for his family,  but congregations wearing hoodies to church is not going to solve anything. Barak Obama was called into the case, and most of what he said is “if I had a son he would look like Trayvon.” That really does not help the victims family with the case at hand. These people are looking for justice on the case, and the most of what the president has said has not helped. They were hoping more for the arrest of the suspect Zimmerman at the account of the president.

Hoody Sunday?

The church is supposed to be a sacred place to worship the Lord God, now massive of amounts of people have clinged to the idea of wearing hoodies to church and their minds could not have possibly been on the Lord on sunday, but gravitating to what the world thinks will solve an issue. Not only was it a distortional view, but it was disrespect the Lord.  To top things off, Jesse Jackson who has been very hypocritical throughout the years, delivered a rather unbiblical, distortional statements sunday, saying there is power in the blood of Till, Evers, and King. That is not biblical at all. Certainly people probably understand the tragedy of each death, but many who came to church on sunday (at least the ones who came without the hoodies) expected to hear about power in the blood of Jesus. The only hope is found in Jesus Christ. Jesse Jackson assume the role of comparing the blood of the victims to the blood of Christ?(how distorted)  which can be correlated even to the fact people decided to wear hoodies to churches all across the nation for as a in remembrance symbol, which comes a cross  to this do in remembrance of me which is a distortion of the scripture wherein it says in 1st Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. People have to be careful before they start adopting practices just because everyone else is doing it.  The truth is there is only power in the blood of Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin, without his blood there would be no remission of sin, and we overcomers by his blood. That is what needs to be preached.  It was the Lord God who made them,  and he made all of us, and we do not have any extra power without him, anything that tries to distort the fact is far from the truth. The family of Trayvon Martin’s family needs prayer right now, and not the church wearing hoodies.