How Faith Leaders Are Tweeting #BaltimoreRiots

10 representative Tweets on the Baltimore riots from nationwide Christian leaders.

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.

Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C.

Barnabas Piper, author of The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity.

Austin Channing, resident director and multicultural liaison at Calvin College.

Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland.

Propaganda, artist signed to the Humble Beast record label.

Dr. Eric Mason, founder and pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia and president of Thrive in the City.

Yolanda Pierce, associate professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary and the Director of Black Church Studies.

Rev. Dr. Susan K Smith, pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio.

Alex Medina, creative director and music producer for Reach Records.

Dr. Tim McKnight, professor of youth ministry and missions at Anderson University and pastor at Renewal Church.

Lead image courtesy of Stephen Melkisethian.

Corrie Mitchell
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  • Jan Polissar

    What I haven’t seen is any comments by the clergy as to how ineffective they were in preventing this or calming it down once it started. How about concern about the ineffective parenting that raised criminals and juvenile delinquents? I wish that more of the clergy were more concerned with teaching love and empathy than with praising God, praying instead of acting, and passing it off as “God’s will.”

  • Boris Tolkachev

    There is NO proof pray/ wishful hoping, does anything positive. It’s seems a foregone conclusion the millions of teen’s long abandoned by their fathers who walked away from the family only to pick-up down the street with never any commitment
    to ever help raise the kids and teach anyone how to respect education, honest work and helping each other accomplish their goals of enjoying the abundance this life has to offer. The ones at real fault are the greedy bastards who chose to load those ships; with reckless abandon, all-the–while knowing: there is no free lunch!