A number of Christian groups that have been holding revival services at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis say they’re seeing many people turn to God in baptisms and miracles are happening.
“So tonight God’s moving. There’s a lot of people that gave their lives to the Lord again. We were baptizing people right here at the memorial. God’s on the move. It’s wonderful,” said Joshua Lindquist, a young Christian leader with Global Revival Harvest, who has been broadcasting the Unity Revival on his Facebook page since it started on Wednesday.
“I have a friend of mine, his name is J.T. Thomas, he said, ‘revival is the new form of protest.’ Meaning, when injustice happens and the pain is there, the best way to heal hearts and to bring what’s right and to bring what’s truly real, is to petition Heaven. When revival breaks out it’s the kingdom of Heaven breaking in,” he said in a broadcast from Thursday night.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was shown on eyewitness video dying on May 25 with the knee of white officer Derek Chauvin pressed into his neck as two other officers with the Minneapolis Police Department held onto his back and legs while he was handcuffed and on the ground. Four officers were at the scene and none took action to physically pull Chauvin off Floyd, who said he was struggling to breathe.
Officer Thomas Lane, who was holding on to Floyd’s legs, twice asked whether they should roll Floyd on his side, saying he was concerned about “excited delirium.” The final time Lane asked that question Floyd was already unresponsive. Chauvin, however, continued to press his knee into Floyd’s neck even after he was dead.
All the officers involved in the tragedy have been fired.
Chauvin, 43, has been charged with second-degree murder while former Minneapolis officers J. Alexander Kueng, 26, Thomas Lane, 37, and Tou Thao, 34, have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for their role in Floyd’s death.
Massive protests nationwide and globally have been calling for justice and police reform.
Pointing to the “Parable of the Unjust Judge” told by Jesus in Luke 18, Lindquist said the Church can help bring justice to the crisis beyond what the world can offer. In the parable, a poor widow seeking justice is initially rejected by a judge, but because she is persistent with her demand, he eventually responds.
“She was persistent and [it] says in Luke 18, shall not God avenge his elect that cry out day and night and she cried out for justice. … The earthly courts can only do so much, politicians can only do so much, we need to petition the politicians … ultimately petitioning the throne of God, revival is the new form of protest,” Lindquist said. “I just believe that the church can step in and see a move of God that can bring healing to hearts that can bring justice down from Heaven.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair