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
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
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.”
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
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