On Wednesday night, Charlotte, N.C. entered its second night of violent protests, a development that happened shortly after a man was killed by a police officer earlier this week.
In response to the public outcry and demonstration, a citizen involved in the unrest has been placed in critical condition and the city has been thwarted into a state of emergency.
What to do next? People like Dr. Casey Kimbrough of Mount Carmel Baptist Church are calling for prayer.
Pastor Kimbrough told Faithwire, “Our faith is strong. Several prayer chains are going on through.”
Lets be frank, “we need to pray.”
As Christians, “we are solid that God makes a difference and our faith is not wavered in the smallest point.”
Also, “we don’t sense that these are people of faith who are creating such conflict. People of faith understand…for us our faith is strong,” he added.
Yet, the church is also reinforcing the importance of supporting all sides, including the officers.
Kimbrough explained, “We are…concerned because we have police officers who are serving…and we want to support all of our community and not to rush to judgement in any way.”
Most importantly,”we do not want (police officers) to feel isolated on a bridge, but to know they have our support and they understand our support and concern for safety and for (representing) justice for all people,” he said