Faith Christian Temple Church - Company Message

An Open Letter to America: Honoring the Death of Mr. George Floyd

Dear American Citizens:
Peace, grace, mercy, and love to you all. This is an open letter to all the citizens of the United States of America.
Many of us are troubled this morning because of recent incidents of deaths, protesting, and looting in our country.
Let us first pray for the family and friends of those who have lost their lives this past week and in recent years, and many, many years ago.
We especially pray for the family of Mr. George Floyd of Minneapolis, who was murdered in public by an American police officer, who is evil and wicked. He has been rightly charged with murder and his accomplices are also expected to be charged as well, pending investigations.
The death and dying of Mr. Floyd have been attributed to racism as other such deaths of black men in the past. I agree that the ones directly responsible for the physical death of some of these souls came about by the hands of racists.
However, there is something else that is deeper and darker than just the personal hatred of certain individuals of one race for another. Let us not be deceived by the real perpetrator behind this despicable incident and all others that have been perpetrated upon mankind since creation.
We are in spiritual warfare, greater and more vicious than most of us in the world realize. We are in a battle that cannot be won by our meager weapons of harsh words, sticks, and stones. We are in a battle that can only be won by God’s spiritual weapon, the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
Ephesians 6:10-12 says,Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
What we are witnessing in the looting across the country is the result of the continual worship of the god of Mammon. Idol Worship. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24).

It is a battle against the “haves and the have nots.” James 4:2 (NIV) says, “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.”
Materialism and riches are deceitful. Why are the looters angry and doing wickedness?  It is because they have been disrespected by those who are the other wicked doers, the corrupted police officers, who are paid to protect life and property.

The protection of property or materialism for these few wicked police officers took top priority over the protection of life. So, people are angered because, after all, life should come first. The unwarranted death of a specific race or any race arouses anger and hatred toward those in authority.

The sin of a few in a group affects one another. There are many, many professional law enforcement officers who do their jobs, duties, and responsibilities, daily in an honorable way. (If I must guess, 99% of police officers are good.) They should be respected and appreciated as such.

Of course, in addition, the same is true of those who lawfully and peaceably protest publicly for equal justice under the law of the land. They should be respected and appreciated for their quest for peace and fairness, without undue police harassment or brutality.
The looters, agitators, haters are accountable for their criminal actions stemming from these current unfortunate incidents. They are in jeopardy of facing the judgment of God as well as the bad cops. They are misguided and lost souls who are our neighbors and who need our prayers and love. Let us apply the higher law in our relationships with them, which is the law of the love of Christ.

Let us pray, Lord, God of Us All, we pray that your forgiveness, grace, faith, hope, and love be manifested in us throughout our entire nation, from the small villages to the metropolitan cities, from the coast of the Pacific Ocean to the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Lord, heal the broken-hearted this morning, give sight to the blind this morning, give deliverance to those who are in bondage to hatred and greed, in the Mighty Name of Christ Jesus. Amen.

God Bless America!
Pastor Roosevelt McPherson


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