3 JUNE ’20 | PRAY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Dear prayer partners,
Demonstrations continued across the United States in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man in police custody, on Monday 25 May. George Floyd died after being forcibly restrained by police, in downtown Minneapolis. On Tuesday, the four police officers involved in his death were fired from the department, and on Friday, Mr Chauvin (police officer) was arrested for his part in Floyd’s death and charged with second degree manslaughter and third-degree murder.
A video of Mr Floyd’s death was recorded by civilians and went viral worldwide. This video sent shock waves throughout the United States, and beyond. Floyd’s death is seen as part of an all too familiar pattern of confrontations between police and African Americans who lose their lives, often over minor offenses. Calls for justice rang out in cities across America as protesters took to the streets. Tensions ran high as some protests turned violent and property was destroyed.
Curfews were declared in many cities, to control the protests. However, some demonstrators and law enforcement officers continued to clash, and rubber bullets, pepper pellets and tear gas were used to disperse crowds. The National Guard was mobilised, as some buildings and businesses were burned and looted. A middle-eastern man whose business was burned and destroyed during one of the protests said, “It’s time to make a change. We can’t make any more excuses for police. This is America. We are here for justice.”
Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” (NLT). Millions of protestors, Christian artists and pastors are speaking up for the ‘voiceless’ and calling for justice. INcontext staff in America have said that the response of the American Church has been encouraging in the sense that it is showing more solidarity than has ever been seen before. They are being voices of justice and reconciliation.
Please join with us in praying for the United States of America.
“We fall. We break. We fail. But with Jesus, we rise, we heal, we overcome!” (Toby Mac)
“If ever there was a day to be church, this is that day.” (Louie Giglio)
Both quotes made in response to recent events.