Hundreds of evangelicals, including Pastor David Platt, gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest against racism and police brutality on Sunday, singing hymns and holding up Bible verses.
The involvement of evangelicals in the protests was organized by a group known as Faith + Works DC, which was concerned that there weren’t enough explicitly Christian voices involved after the brutal police killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man in Minneapolis.
“We pray that you would forgive us for our history and our present,” Platt, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, said as he marched, The Washington Post reported.
“We praise you in particular today, Jesus, as this group, for taking the judgment we deserve,” he continued.
Platt was introduced at the protests by Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church and a black evangelical who is well-known for speaking out on issues of racism.
The group sang songs such as “This Little Light of Mine” and “Because He Lives” and prayed as they marched across the Anacostia River to head downtown in their stand for justice.
Anyabwile lamented how few of the marches for justice have come from the church.
“This iteration of civil rights is not located in the church, so the church is playing catch-up when it was once the vanguard,” he said to The Washington Post. “One skill we don’t have as a country or a church is conversation. We’re unpracticed at that and so we’re wrestling with hope.”
Just before the march, Anyabwile preached virtually to his congregation, saying the blood of black bodies is crying out and that Christians can no longer ignore it.
“Blood spilled unrighteously cries into the very ears of an all powerful God. God hears it,” he said, as he preached from Genesis 4 on the account of Cain and Abel. “This country is storing up wrath for the day of wrath.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair