Pastor Steven Furtick, founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Thursday that he was crushed after seeing recordings of the deaths of two black men, Alton Sterling, 37, and Philando Castile, 32, during separate encounters with police officers this week.
Castile's death was broadcast in a viral Facebook Live video after he was shot by an officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota Wednesday night while Sterling was shot dead on Tuesday by Baton Rouge police officers.
"I'm just saddened by it and wanted to reach out to you and also share with you that the Bible says we mourn with those who mourn and just having a pastor's heart," Furtick said in a Facebook video post shortly after returning stateside from a trip to Australia. more >>
As I read the news reports, my heart immediately went out to the families. The media has been fueling the flames of racism and hatred for some time and we are reaping the whirlwind.
Yes, hatred and racism do exist, but from my vantage point, not to the degree they are being portrayed. I see tremendous love between the black and white communities — love we should be encouraging.
What if we looked through a different lens other than the lens of the secular media … more >>
After the fatal police shooting of two more black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week, headlines blared, "Black Lives Matter!" Now, after the fatal sniper shooting of 5 police officers and the wounding of 7 others, headlines blare, "Blue Lives Matter!"
As Americans, we must come together and declare that All Lives Matter, regardless of color, ethnicity, or social status. Every life is precious in God's sight and must therefore be precious in our sight as well.
Together, we must condemn all acts of cold-blooded murder. more >>
Lecrae is known for speaking his mind on the state of race relations in America, and the Christian rapper is now defending his decision to post an image on Twitter that many found to be controversial and even divisive on the Fourth of July holiday.
"There's a difference between creating division and exposing the division that's being ignored," the 36-year-old Christian rapper tweeted out to his fans who questioned the message he was trying to convey.
On July 4, Lecrae tweeted a picture of slaves picking cotton centuries ago instead of publicly celebrating America's Independence Day. Some of his followers were offended by the image that he captioned "My family on July 4th 1776." more >>
UPDATE: 3:15 AM ET: A fifth Dallas police officer has died from injuries he sustained after being shot by a sniper Thursday at the end of a Black Lives Matter protest, the Dallas Police Department confirmed in the early hours of Friday morning.
"It has been a devastating night. We are sad to report a fifth officer has died," the Dallas Police Department said on Twitter at 3:08 a.m. Friday.
The local CBS news station also reported that Mark Hughes, a man named as a person of interest after being seen wearing a camouflage T-shirt and carrying an unloaded AR-15 at the protest, has been released by Dallas police and is not a suspect. more >>
Philando Castile, a 32-year-old Minnesota man whose death was broadcast in a viral Facebook Live video after he was shot by an officer during a traffic stop, was remembered Thursday by his mother, Valerie Castile, as a "good person."
"My son was a law-abiding citizen and he did nothing wrong," a stoic Valerie Castile declared in an interview with CNN Thursday morning. "They took a very good person. And everybody that knows my son, knows that he is a laid-back, quiet individual that works hard every day, pays taxes and come home and play videogames. That's it. He's not a gangbanger. He's not a thug. He's very respectable, and I know."
St. Anthony Police said in a press release cited by CBS Minnesota that officers pulled over a vehicle at Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street at about 9 p.m. They said "shots were fired" during the traffic stop, and a handgun was recovered at the scene. more >>