Los Angeles, Calif. — The KAIROS Company releases the following statement by leaders of the largest Baptist denominations in America:
“Once again our nation is faced with the reality of senseless shootings: Mr. Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mr. Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and five policeman in Dallas, Texas. With the tragic and devastating news of these recent killings, along with the seven others who were injured in Dallas, we are reminded that violence and retaliation are never the solution to our frustrations and anger. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of each victim. May all know that we are resolved as spiritual leaders in this nation, to do whatever we can do to help bring America together. May the wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. provide us the needed encouragement today: ‘Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’ Now is the time to come together in love and unity, praying for America.”
Dr. Jerry Young, President, National Baptist Convention, USA
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Immediate Past President, Southern Baptist Convention
Dr. Jerry Young is the president of the National Baptist Convention USA, the largest majority African-American Christian denomination in the United States.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest majority-white evangelical Christian denomination in the United States.
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