By: Paishance Welch Dec 14th 2014
“First and foremost, black lives matter. The lives of all people are precious to God, of course, but at the present moment, many of our black brothers and sisters in COGIC and the AG feel that their lives are not highly valued by many in white America. As examples, they point to the recent controversial decisions of grand juries in St. Louis County, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, not to return bills of indictment against white police officers in the deaths of two black males, Michael Brown and Eric Garner …
Whatever your opinion of those controversial decisions, can we stand with our brothers and sisters and affirm the value of black lives generally and of their lives specifically? … We can take steps together in that direction by affirming the value of black lives and by praying for unity in our churches and our society this Sunday, December 14” -Dr. George O. Wood
City to city, church to church, there has been a movement. Nation wide churches came together to show solidarity. As requested by the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God denominations, churches were asked to observe ‘Black Lives Matter Sunday’.
In participation, St. John AME of Fairburn, GA recruited each member to wear all black to symbolize and recognize the ‘Black Lives Matter Sunday’ movement.
Despite the fact that citizens of Ferguson, MO acted upon emotions, which led to destruction in their home city, the churches displayed a new way of cohesion. They peacefully took a stand.
In the USA it is proclaimed that ALL lives matter. But looking at recent events that occurred in Missouri, New York, and Florida, the question was raised, ‘Whose lives matter?’
In each of these cases not one police officer was indicted for the deaths of the unarmed African American men.
In the past 400 years (including now) the system has been set up and designed through the usage of mass incarceration, police brutality, and many other injustices to dehumanize, devalue, and destroy our people. As unfortunate as that may be for a person of color, there is always a way to fight back and take a stand.
How do we fight? You may ask. We fight with three weapons that have already been given to us by God, knowledge, intellect, and most of all prayer. No matter how harsh we’re hit, it is imperative that we deal with them gently. The people of Ferguson must not act upon emotion. WE must not act upon emotion. It will solve nothing to fight injustice with injustice. The law kills with guns. WE kill with kindness.
#HandsUp #ICan’tBreathe #Don’tShoot