Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III and the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International are weighing in on this week’s fatal acts of violence between police officers and American citizens. According to Bishop Walker, praying for the families of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, LA and Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, MN, is not enough.
We, as a body, are saddened and deeply troubled by the repeated violent acts committed on our American soil resulting in the deaths of men and women of color at the hands of law enforcement officials.
While our prayers are certainly with all of those who’ve experienced these losses, we are convinced that prayer alone is, in essence, the reliance of faith while dismissing a key factor that proves the efficacy of our faith: actions that align with our unfailing belief.
The Bible states that “pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble…” (James 1:27 NKJV). Because of senseless acts of this nature, many of our sons and daughters have left widows, widowers, parents and children of their own to fend for themselves and perpetually mourn their lives, abruptly shortened by tragic violence.
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