Amid tensions surrounding a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenage robbery suspect in Ferguson, Mo., Southern Baptists are gathering in prayer.
Darron LaMonte Edwards, pastor of United Believers Community Church (SBC) in Kansas City, is among the leaders of the newly formed interfaith group K.C. Prayerful Response, a prayer movement of nearly 30 pastors and open to all Christian leaders who share the group’s Christ-centered goals.
“We believe because we preceded the [grand jury decision] with a prayer rally on Sunday, that we had, according to our chief of police, a very mild and peaceful night last night,” Edwards told Baptist Press. “With Kansas City being the sister city of St. Louis, there was concern that we could have unrest here. But we are pleased, joyful, to say that there was no great unrest. [There were] peaceful demonstrations that took place in Kansas City last night. And we look to have that spiritual energy to continue as we move forward.”
The group will host a community-wide prayer meeting today (Nov. 25) at 7 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church (National Baptist Convention, USA) to comfort the distressed and encourage a biblically based response to the turmoil, Edwards said.
We want “to hear the cries of the community, as well as promote our causes of how we handle the decision that has been handed down by the grand jury,” Edwards said. “We have three principles that we are using as guiding principles in what we’re doing.
“We’re pushing prevention, that we choose to refrain from destroying our communities. The second one is protection, that we honor peaceful protests only, as a means of being a vehicle of our voices,” Edwards said. “And finally, of course, we are a prayer movement. We are promoting the causes of Christ, which are love, forgiveness, repentance and reconciliation.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press