When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” – Pr. 21:15

When George Floyd’s life was taken by Derek Chauvin last summer many in our nation were outraged, deeply saddened, and immediately called for justice to be done. A small glimpse into what justice can look like was illustrated when a Minneapolis jury recently found Chauvin guilty on all three counts, including second and third-degree murder. While the verdict does not bring Mr. Floyd back to his family and may not even take on everyone’s idea of justice, it is symbolic of a dire need (and push) for social change.

Those of us who have mourned the loss, or felt the sting, of very public acts of racism against Black people in our nation may find some hope in this result. However, we also realize that this is not about individuals, but a larger systemic issue. Let us continue to amplify the voices and experiences of those who are marginalized in the same way that Jesus would. We will not be silent in this ongoing battle, and with God’s help we will see his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Let us continue to pray for healing in our nation. Click here to view the virtual prayer vigil from Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Love and respect,


Scott Kirkpatrick, ICOC US SCUAD Chair – Los Angeles, CA

Ben Barnett – Atlanta, GA

Tammi Barnett – Atlanta, GA

Michael Burns – Minneapolis, MN

James Campbell – Miami, FL

Robert Carrillo – Los Angeles, CA

Darren Gauthier – Chicago, IL

Chris Jacobs – Denver, CO

Kendall Knight – Atlanta, GA

Stephen Mitchell – Broward, FL

Dana Perkins – Tacoma, WA

Richard Rodriguez – Miami, FL

Mia Brantley Wright – Columbia, SC