How Are Christian Leaders Tweeting #Ferguson?

10 representative Tweets on Ferguson from nationwide Christian leaders.

Twitter is the first place a lot of people found out that a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown on August 9. It’s been the main platform for up-to-the-second news, and it’s also been the place many have turned to in the aftermath to voice their outrage, express grief, and even offer up prayers. With the help of multiple hashtags — #Ferguson, #HandsUpDontShoot, and #MikeBrown — the story unfolding in this St. Louis suburb has become national news.

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that some 7.8 million tweets had mentioned #Ferguson since August 9. In the earliest days, some noted the scarcity of white voices and white Christian voices tweeting about Ferguson. But as the story has grown, so has the reaction among religious leaders.

Here are 10 tweets that have stood out to me in recent days as I’ve watched Christian leaders — pastors, musicians, writers — engaging with #Ferguson.

Léonce B. Crump Jr. is the pastor of Atlanta’s Renovation Church.

Steve Patton is a pastor at Garden City Church in Silicon Valley who writes for Rapzilla.

Eugene Cho is the founder of Seattle’s Quest Church and author of the upcoming book Overrated.

Matt Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church in Dallas and president of the Acts 29 church planting network.

Joshua DuBois is the former director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and author of The President’s Devotional.

Propaganda is a Los Angeles-based rapper signed to the label Humble Beast.

Jefferson Bethke is the author of Jesus > Religion.

Derek Minor is a Nashville-based rapper who co-founded Reflection Music Group.

Ed Stetzer is the president of LifeWay Research who has a blog at Christianity Today called The Exchange.

Michael McBride is the pastor of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, California.

Lead image courtesy of Elvert Barnes.

Corrie Mitchell
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