On Pentecost Sunday, Pastor Louie Giglio encouraged his congregation at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in protests over the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. He also asked them to let the situation break their heart, to participate in efforts to clean and rebuild the city, and finally led the church to get on their knees and beg for God’s anointing in this hour.
“As your pastor, I not only support your right to speak up,” Giglio said. “I not only support your right to march; I say we all should march. And if that makes somebody nervous—to say marching turns into violence—no! Marching peacefully, by the grace of God, can turn into progress. It has in the past, and it can in the future. We cannot let a very small minority of people, who are seeking to destroy, to take the microphone and to steal the agenda and to silence the voice of justice.”
The message, which Giglio specifically directed at those physically attending Passion City Church, began with Giglio saying he prayed for anyone who lacked immediate compassion for George Floyd.
“If you watched the brutal murder of George Floyd, and your heart didn’t break, and your eyes weren’t filled with tears and you weren’t outraged and angry, I pray for you. As your pastor, I pray for you. If your first response was ‘Well, what about the whatevers’ and your second response was ‘But things happen bad on every corner’ and your third response was ‘Yeah but there’s another side to the story,’, then I pray for you. Because there’s no way I believe a Jesus-follower can watch what happened to George Floyd and not be outraged and not be so brokenhearted. And so we pray for his family today. We pray for our nation today.”
Giglio shared that he had seen the adverse effects of racism and unequal rights for African Americans during his own lifetime.
“Today we are brokenhearted, and we are frustrated and we are angry, and something has to change. I’m a son of our city. When I was born, blacks in Atlanta, Georgia, did not have the same rights as [I did.]. When I was born. I’m not talking about my grandparents or their grandparents or their grandparents. When I was born in this city, people of color did not have civil rights in this city. And we have made so much progress, but even in these last days, Dr. King’s ‘beloved community’ has been shattered. … So let’s not get things confused today. Let’s not let a very, very, very small percentage of people causing mayhem silence the voices of people who are crying out for healing in our land.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News