10 Reactions from Pastors and Christian Leaders After Derek Chauvin’s Conviction for Murder of George Floyd

A crowd gathers next to the spot where George Floyd was murdered at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis. Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Some wept. Some cheered. Some stood in silent reverence, absorbing the moment when it was announced that a jury had found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd Tuesday.

Jamal Bryant, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, who traveled to Minnesota to pray with Floyd’s family and offer support, was recorded in a video clip declaring “wow!” as they heard the outcome of the highly charged case that had for months captured the world’s gaze.

On Wednesday morning Bryant thanked all the people who helped to create the moment that blanketed many communities across America with hope and exultation.

“Good morning to all the activist, protestors, prayer warriors, marchers, t-shirt wearers, petition signers, fist raisers, meme posters, barbershop philosophers, agitators, rabble rousers and candle lighters,” Bryant wrote in a statement on Instagram. “Take a moment and breathe! This couldn’t have happen without YOU! We made history! All 3 counts and he going to jail. Give yourself a minute. I know the fight continues but don’t let your gloves get tattered! … I’m praying for you, proud of you and cheering for you!”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair