By Brittany Henry, for Focus| Worship Leader & Freelance Writer | @BHMtweetz
On June 3, white Christians supported black and brown Christians on a prayer walk for peace and justice through the streets of downtown Fredricksburg, Va.
The bond of unity amongst believers cannot be broken, and the spirit of blindness in the white evangelical church is being shaken.
“We know, God, that you hate hands that shed innocent blood. The blood of George Floyd cries out and comes up before you. The blood of the innocent is before you,” said a white Christian attendee who prayed.
Some people in the peaceful gathering prayed along with this woman, saying, “Amen” in agreement. One of the black women shouted out during and after her prayer, saying, “Yes! Call it out! Pray that prayer, lady. I give you two high fives.”
The black community of believers in Christian churches has felt the weight of the violence against blacks in the United States. They constantly wrestle with the physical manifestation of evil against people of color.
Black Christians want to respond as ambassadors of Jesus, knowing that it looks like more than prayer gatherings. They are hurt and angry about the silence of their white brothers and sisters, who feel it’s too political to call out the sin of those in power while black people groan under the tyranny of unjust authorities.
They are also hurt and tired of other white Christians refusing to acknowledge that prejudice and systemic racism exists.
In order for physical change and healing to occur, it is essential for the church to respond to the excessive force used against peaceful protestors and the unrighteousness done to people of color doing everyday tasks.
Worshippers and intercessors are needed to help push back against the source of the physical wickedness in the earth. However, God requires truth in the inward parts. Many black Christians feel that means acknowledging the system is not merely broken but was actually created in a way that enables the oppression of people of color.
“This is not political. We want to gather and pray. That is all we want to do here today,” Pastor Andie Cork, Sr. of Mount Peniel COGIC said before he led the group on to Caroline street for the prayer walk.
Together, Christians from all different denominations and nations walked side by side down the street praying the Lord’s Prayer and singing songs of worship. The public and brutal death of George Floyd opened the door for needed conversations and for pliable hearts that are open to change.
Brittany Henry is a worship leader and freelance writer who lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Henry is an online student at Lancaster Bible College. To learn more about her ministry, please visit www.BrittanyHenryMinistries.org. Brittany Henry was recently featured in her local paper for organizing and partially leading the Fredricksburg prayer walk.
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