The camera pans from a memorial of George Floyd in Minneapolis to a stage set up fifty feet away. Roughly 50 people are gathered in worship—faces toward the stage, backs toward the memorial.
“George Floyd Avenue—they’ve renamed it,” says worship leader Sean Feucht. “That’s where the trauma happened right here. Where the injustice happened right here. And now, right here on this corner, a move of the Holy Spirit is happening.”
On May 25, George Floyd—a black Christian man—was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin, who placed his knee into Floyd’s neck as other officers watched.
Whether it is appropriate to host a worship event just 50 feet from the weeks-old site of a national tragedy is the question sparking serious disagreement even among Christians.
Feucht responded after several criticized him for holding revival meetings at a place where many are mourning.
Some charismatic leaders say that turning the site of Floyd’s death into a place for worship gatherings is a miracle—proof of how God transforms bad situations for good. Christophe Ulysse, from Youth With a Mission, told Fox News, “We’re going from pain and hatred to healing and hope.” Awaken the Dawn’s Joshua Lindquist says, “God is giving beauty from ashes.” And last Monday, Circuit Riders’ Joel Bomberger said baptisms were taking place and deaf ears were being opened.
Feucht—a charismatic artist and activist who founded “Burn 24-7,” “Light a Candle” and “Hold the Line”—is not the only one who believes God is on the move. Awaken the Dawn’s Joshua Lindquist believes the memorial will become an “epicenter of revival.” On his Facebook page, Lindquist explained the heart behind Unity Revival Minneapolis and said miracles are taking places.
“A unity revival is taking place at the exact location where the world’s heart was broken by witnessing George Floyd being unjustly murdered,” Lindquist says. “In response to this heart breaking crisis, many churches & many ministries have come together to share the love of Christ within this hurting community & it has shifted the atmosphere of this place from an atmosphere of death to life. There has been so much unity, healing, deliverances, forgiveness, racial reconciliation, miracles, salvations & even baptisms on the exact location where George’s life was unjustly taken… God is giving beauty from ashes… People have come forward for prayer who said they were suicidal & in despair & depression because of all the world’s frequent traumatic events… They have received prayer and have been set free & have found healing & hope! People of all races have been seen every day in each other’s arms weeping deeply as God is uniting hearts of all ethnicities at the memorial in Minneapolis through the love & forgiveness message that is within the gospel of Jesus Christ!”
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SOURCE: Charisma News