First came the nonviolent protests. Then a night of violent rioting. Today, Baltimore is reeling. All of it sparked by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, another African American man who didn’t survive his encounter with the police.
Gray died on April 19, a week after suffering spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. The situation in Baltimore — and the familiarity of it all — has Christians around the country crying out “Come, Lord Jesus” as they long for justice and equality. While some took to the streets of Baltimore in protest, others shared their perspectives, prayers, and calls to action via social media — and #BaltimoreRiots.
Here’s how 10 Christian leaders– pastors, musicians, writers — took to Twitter to react to the situation in Baltimore on Twitter.
Isn't our forgetting their names, their stories, their families, their rights and their lives at least contributory to the problem?
— Thabiti Anyabwile (@ThabitiAnyabwil) April 28, 2015
Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C.
Name one time in history that suppressing a non-military uprising of citizens with force and martial law actually worked. #LearnFromThePast
— Barnabas Piper (@BarnabasPiper) April 28, 2015
Barnabas Piper, author of The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity.
I will not pray for peace in Baltimore without first praying for justice, equality and the end of police brutality. These invite peace.
— Austin Channing (@austinchanning) April 28, 2015
Austin Channing, resident director and multicultural liaison at Calvin College.
— jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) April 27, 2015
Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland.
Citizens of Baltimore been peacefully protesting for WEEKS. Not one news camera came till somethin was on fire. What u think that teaches?
— propaganda (@prophiphop) April 27, 2015
Propaganda, artist signed to the Humble Beast record label.
— Dr. Eric Mason (@pastoremase) April 28, 2015
Half these folks talking about #MLK and non-violence haven't read him…don't know more than one line from one speech.
— Yolanda Pierce (@YNPierce) April 28, 2015
Yolanda Pierce, associate professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary and the Director of Black Church Studies.
People who live in affected neighborhoods hit by violence yesterday are in the streets today, cleaning up. Please cover that, media. Please.
— Rev Dr Susan K Smith (@cassady2euca) April 28, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan K Smith, pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio.
I am saddened by the destruction of property but it will never surpass the anger towards the destruction of people, image bearers of God.
— Alex Medina (@mrmedina) April 27, 2015
Alex Medina, creative director and music producer for Reach Records.
— drtimmcknight ن (@drtimmcknight) April 28, 2015
Lead image courtesy of Stephen Melkisethian.