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Twitter is the first place a lot of people found out that a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown on August 9. It’s been the main platform for up-to-the-second news, and it’s also been the place many have turned to in the aftermath to voice their outrage, express grief, and even offer up prayers. With the help of multiple hashtags — #Ferguson, #HandsUpDontShoot, and #MikeBrown — the story unfolding in this St. Louis suburb has become national news.
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that some 7.8 million tweets had mentioned #Ferguson since August 9. In the earliest days, some noted the scarcity of white voices and white Christian voices tweeting about Ferguson. But as the story has grown, so has the reaction among religious leaders.
Here are 10 tweets that have stood out to me in recent days as I’ve watched Christian leaders — pastors, musicians, writers — engaging with #Ferguson.
I have two daughters. I daily pray for a son. But if he'll be in danger for being black & large, perhaps I should stop praying. #MikeBrown
— Léonce B. Crump Jr. (@LeonceCrump) August 13, 2014
Léonce B. Crump Jr. is the pastor of Atlanta’s Renovation Church.
Let's not use #Ferguson to shame people into white guilt. Let's use it to motivate people towards caring.
— Steve Patton (@StevenPatton) August 16, 2014
Pray for MikeBrown's family but don't forget Darren Wilson & family. Pray for all involved. We're called to both justice AND reconciliation.
— Eugene Cho (@EugeneCho) August 18, 2014
— Matt Chandler (@MattChandler74) August 18, 2014
— Joshua DuBois (@joshuadubois) August 11, 2014
Joshua DuBois is the former director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and author of The President’s Devotional.
You know who else was once an 18yr old inner-city boy from the mid-west on his way to college? –> @BarackObama
— propaganda (@prophiphop) August 14, 2014
Propaganda is a Los Angeles-based rapper signed to the label Humble Beast.
The Lord's Prayer couldn't be more pertinent right now. Your kingdom come, your will be done, in Ferguson, as it is in Heaven. #Ferguson
— Jefferson Bethke (@JeffersonBethke) August 14, 2014
Jefferson Bethke is the author of Jesus > Religion.
The #Ferguson police were tear gassing and shooting rubber bullets at all races. This is a human rights issue.
— Derek Minor (@thederekminor) August 14, 2014
Derek Minor is a Nashville-based rapper who co-founded Reflection Music Group.
Don't rejoice over reports Michael Brown might've been involved in a robbery. Ask why communities are so broken. #ferguson
— Ed Stetzer (@edstetzer) August 15, 2014
As we walk street, Being asked by young ppl why are so many preachers out? My answer: Because we love you' His answer "Fa Real?' #Ferguson
— Michael McBride (@pastormykmac) August 19, 2014
Michael McBride is the pastor of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, California.
Lead image courtesy of Elvert Barnes.