Exclusive Content:

Chick-fil-A Summer Skills Camp Stirs Up Controversy With People Calling it “Child Labor”

A Chick-fil-A Summer Camp has sparked a lively debate about teaching children life skills through blue collar jobs. While some view it as an innovative educational opportunity, others see it as a controversial initiative that treads close to child labor.

10 Team USA Athletes to Watch in the 2024 Olympic Games

Here are 10 standout athletes to watch as the 2024 Olympic games draw near, each bringing their unique talents and stories to the grand stage.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

‘Justice’ ‘Thankful’ ‘Relieved’ – Faith Leaders React to Guilty Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial

Reach Records recording artist Tedashii Lavoy Anderson said [Twitter]: “I am praying for the Floyd family on this day. May God continue to comfort their family.”

Well-known speaker, author, evangelist, and anti-human trafficking organization’s A21 Campaign founder Christine Caine posted the verse [Twitter]: “But let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream. Amos 5:24”

Bishop T.D. Jakes, who is a well-known author and Dallas megachurch pastor at The Potter’s House was quoted by the Religion News Service saying: “While we are delighted by the jury’s verdict, we are mindful that there’s still a lot of work ahead of us. Our criminal justice system remains deeply flawed. Black people disproportionately remain victims of police brutality and are more likely to be pulled over or cited for negligible or phantom traffic violations. Let us not relent in our efforts to press our local, state and federal elected officials for police reform, particularly as it relates to qualified immunity, bias training, de-escalation training and uniform hiring standards. My prayer is that this will ignite a safer society where justice is equally allocated to absolutely everyone irrespective of socio-economics, race, religion or gender. Thank you to the many officers who do not stoop to such atrocities and honestly work toward protecting us every day.”

Atlanta’s Cornerstone Church‘s lead pastor John Onwuchekwa said [Twitter]: “Revisited the initial police report of George Floyd’s murder yesterday. I celebrate the sliver of justice we saw yesterday. I use the word sliver intentionally. For a murder (witnessed by other officers) to be reported this way, means that the murderer had accomplices.”

Author, life coach, and Build a Better Us‘s Executive Director BJ Thompson said [Twitter]: “There’s so much DEEP healing we need to do when a single verdict has the power to completely undo our nation.”

Ronnie Floyd who retired after 32 years of ministry as the senior pastor of Cross Church in Arkansas and president and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention said [Twitter]: “While we are extremely grateful for our law enforcement officers who risk their lives daily to protect us in every way, we are also saddened when any misuse of authority causes harm to the very people they seek to protect. When that happens—as the jury determined in this case—justice must be served. Our path forward as a nation should be one paved with standing together, mourning together, committing to truth, and resolving to press forward together in the spirit of Christ, our Prince of Peace.”

Rasool Berry, the teaching pastor of the Bridge Church in Brooklyn, NY said [Twitter]: “I long for the day when an officer being found guilty of murder 4 killing a black man on camera, in front of witnesses, is not historical; it’s just a Tuesday. And I long even more for that day to never come because no more knees will be on anymore necks. #GeorgeFloyd

Washington, DC’s Grace Meridian Hill’s pastor Duke Kwon said [Twitter]: “Proximate justice yields proximate relief. Good, imperative, yet fragmentary, incomplete. Gratitude without joy. Lament. Much work to be done.”

After scouring the internet and reading many reactions from Christians’ social media pages and blog articles, it was difficult to find anyone who was praying for Derek Chauvin and his family. The desire for justice weighed more heavily on people’s minds and then rejoicing about the verdict.

While it seems unimaginable to speak words of mercy toward Chauvin after seeing bystanders’ videos of the murder, we could find only one such statement. We found only one church leader who acknowledged that Derek Michael Chauvin is made in the image of God, just as George Floyd was, and just as all of us are.

The pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia, Marshal Ausberry, and president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention told the Baptist Press that he is praying for Derek Chauvin and his family.

Pastor Ausberry said“It is a tragic loss, and there are no winners. The death of George Floyd is one more horrific memory added to the historical trauma that African Americans live with every day. While we don’t know Derek Chauvin’s motivations, his actions resulted in a needless and senseless death. I pray for Derek Chauvin and his family as they also have to live with the consequences of his actions. I pray for George Floyd’s family as they grieve their loss and that God grants them peace. I pray that the justice delivered will help the healing process for them and their community. I hope that the death of George Floyd will bring about police reform throughout the nation. There are many good and dutiful law enforcement personnel – we cannot taint all of them with the actions of Derek Chauvin. But when law enforcement personnel cross the blue line, they need to be subject to swift justice.”

Jesse T. Jackson
Jesse T. Jackson
Jesse is the Content Editor/Site Manager for ChurchLeaders and ChristianNewsNow. An undeserving husband to a beautiful wife, and a father to 4 beautiful children. He serves as a deacon, a growth group leader, and is a member of University Baptist Church in Beavercreek, Ohio. Follow him on twitter here (https://twitter.com/jessetjackson)

Chick-fil-A Summer Skills Camp Stirs Up Controversy With People Calling it “Child Labor”

A Chick-fil-A Summer Camp has sparked a lively debate about teaching children life skills through blue collar jobs. While some view it as an innovative educational opportunity, others see it as a controversial initiative that treads close to child labor.

10 Team USA Athletes to Watch in the 2024 Olympic Games

Here are 10 standout athletes to watch as the 2024 Olympic games draw near, each bringing their unique talents and stories to the grand stage.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.