Christian Celebs Mourn George Floyd, Call for Justice


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Let’s keep it real.

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holding my sweet brown baby a little tighter each day as she stares with innocent wander into the eyes of her black father. i pray he always comes home. i pray he is never mistreated. i pray he is always treated with respect and honor, and is admired by the respect and honor he extends to everyone he meets. i pray his height is seen as a reason to look up to him and not an excuse to tear him down. i pray the depth of his voice is a reason to listen to his story and not a justification to fabricate fear. i pray his emotions are seen as human and not as resistance, aggression or violence. i pray his deep brown skin is seen as smooth and not a threat because of an ulterior motive or hidden prejudice. i pray for every wife to a black man, mother or father to a black son. to anyone who loves a man who is seen as a threat because of the color of his skin, i pray we can always ask our men to take these photos. when we want to hug our daughters, and they want to hug us, too. but their eyes… their wandering eyes filled with wonder want only to look at dad. she wants to touch mama, but needs to see dad. she needs to know he is there. she wants to make sure he is around. i pray she will always see him there. i pray she can always smile at him. always know he is with her. and never have to fear that he won’t come home. i pray he always comes home. always. #icantbreathe

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“A riot is the language of the unheard.” -MLK⠀ ⠀ Please pray for Minneapolis. Our city is hurting after the unjust death of George Floyd, and many are taking their anger to the streets. And while we must condemn violent acts of response, we must begin by condemning their root cause. I hurt for those afraid and upset, discriminated against, and marginalized. As a white man, I will never understand what it’s like to be followed in a store or afraid for my loved ones being mistreated because of the color of their skin. But that doesn’t mean I can’t speak up, pray, lend a hand, and do whatever I can to work toward justice, unity, equity, and peace. ⠀ Please pray for our Mayor, Governor, Police, First Responders, and Elected Officials. Pray for the safety of those protesting, and for those seeking to protect and serve. “God, please no more death!” Pray that the Church of the Twin Cities will rise up and lead in this time, and that this will bring about change from within. I long to see our staff, stages, and budgets built in ways that demonstrate our belief that all people have value. No more token posts when it’s convenient – “Lord help us to change and mirror the Kingdom.” People are hurting, and only Jesus can save us!! And for all my friends outside these situations, unsure what to do, here are three steps I would encourage. ⠀ ⠀ 1️⃣ Pray for God to reveal racism in you, and begin to pray for those who who are afraid and hurting because of the color of their skin. ⠀ ⠀ 2️⃣ Learn. Pick up a book by John Perkins @perkinsfoundation or other Christian leaders who speak to the history of racism, privilege, and discrimination. Also, seek relationships with those who are not like you!!! ⠀ ⠀ 3️⃣ Donate. Stand with those on the front lines. A great Minneapolis effort to help the Urban Church respond is called the One Fund [link in bio]. I also support a mentorship and training effort for black young men in Minneapolis called @themanupclub.mn led by my friend @heyxross – and nationally I love the work of the @andcampaign and my friend @justinegiboney. There are countless groups to learn from, and in need of your support. ⠀ ⠀ #georgefloyd #minneapolis #justiceforgeorgefloyd

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#icantbreathe 💔

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