The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Hey Jesus-followers. Don’t call yourself pro-life if you’re not crying out for justice right now.

 

My heart is grieving for the family of Ahmaud Arbery. 25-years old. Jogging down a street in a free country. Gunned down in broad daylight. I hear my brothers and sisters of color describing their fear and rage and confusion and sorrow. And exhaustion. Driving while black. Shopping while black. Jogging while black. Replaying the video felt more like a scene from Roots than a newsfeed in the middle of the 21st century. The street names have changed and horses have been traded out for pickup trucks, but for Ahmaud, that Georgia road was no safer in 2020 than it was in 1820.

 

I keep hearing the question, what does it mean to do justice? Here’s a start.

 

Read the Bible.“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” (Isaiah 1:17) We really need to expose our souls to the abundance of teaching in Scripture about justice. “The Bible is very easy to understand,” writes Soren Kierkegaard. “But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.”

 

Wrestle. Go watch the video footage online. Gather your children or friends or disciples and discuss what you see. What is his family feeling today? How long before things change? What would happen if we had no cell phone video evidence? What is Jesus saying right now? The image of God has been violated. The dignity of humanity has been trampled. The credibility of the church is at stake. May this not be another occasion where the silence of God’s people provides fuel for God’s enemies.

 

Listen. If you’ve never feared being killed simply on the basis of the color of your skin, now is a time to receive from those who have. Feel their pain. Acknowledge their trauma. Really listen. To follow Jesus is to walk humbly. I have been in rooms where I’ve heard people describe how tired they are of hearing about racism. Imagine how tired people must be of living it.

 

Lift your voice. And do it in the name of Jesus. Advocate for life. Sign the petition and then pick up your phone and call District Attorney, John Durden at 912-876-4151 to demand justice in this particular case.

 

Some people lift their voice because it’s their personality. Many lift their voice because it’s in their best interest to do so. Still others lift their voice because something is happening that highlights their special cause. But if you choose the way of Jesus, you lift your voice precisely because you follow Him. You don’t get to cherry pick your justice, because the King of the universe has already spoken. And whether you find out about injustice against an unarmed black man, a trafficked child, a vulnerable woman, or an unborn baby, you speak because Jesus is Lord. No one understands injustice better than the One who endured it on a cross. And no one has more authority than the One who rose from the dead. Stop trying to accomplish justice on earth without the power of heaven.

 

Pray. God, our land is sick, in need of the Physician. We have been hypocrites, and neglected the weightier matters of your Law. We have tolerated evil, we ask for your justice. We have been prisoners to the fear of man, now make us as bold as a lion. Our biases have blinded us, our privilege has numbed us, our sins have separated us. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

 

(You might want to add a prayer in the comments below.)

 

Published by Mike Patz

Disciple.

61 thoughts on “The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

  1. Lord, I lament over the racial injustice in America and I cry out to you Abba please come help bring your justice. I pray that you will bring your recompense soon. Baruch haba beshem Adonai!

    For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

  2. Father God, I pray strength and comfort over this family. Inspire us to understand the meaning for our existence on this earthly pilgrimage. Those who daily face various forms of abuse due to racial prejudice strengthen and protect them in Jesus name….

  3. Dear God, I pray this morning for this family who is truly hurting today. I pray you put your comforting arms around them and shower them with your love and understanding. I pray for our country Lord that our leaders will fall to their knees in worship and guidance in order to do your will. Father heal our land that has become so evil that it’s sad to call it our home. I pray that love will spread out between ALL of us that the violence and hurting will stop. We know you are in control and everything that happens is your will and sometimes that is so hard to accept and understand but we TRUST in you and your word. Come Lord Jesus Come and take us your children home. In Jesus Name I pray these things…Amen!

  4. My heart aches for the loss of this young man, his family and his community. My thoughts and prayers reach out to all those mourning him, and all those who have lost someone to such senseless acts of violence. True Americans give their lives’ for others, they don’t take lives!

  5. It’s clear to see that who doesn’t value life will be blind to his own judgement, unable to float his consciousness slightly above and outside his own body, and so, cannot see him/herself as the rest of us see. We need to pray for this man and his son, whose mind escaped from the reality of the situation just far enough that it was overtaken by some false feelings of patriotism or “civic duty” so as to “take action” and maybe, if we pray, God will revisit their innermost intentions, and as a testimony to his undying love, he will forgive them, and in doing so, will place the way for the rest of the world to also forgive …God have mercy on the family of the merciless promoters of this ignorant and irresponsible act and also the innocent family of Ahmaud Arbery

  6. May God comfort his family. May God’s people cry out to God for justice. In the name of Jesus we cry out for justice for this precious life.

  7. This was heartbreaking. I pray that justice will be served through the guidance of Jesus Christ. Praying that the hearts of mankind will be changed & guided by the Spirit of God rather than the spirit of Satan. My heart goes out to his family & friends. Let the peace & comfort of the Lord be upon them.

  8. So much truth …beautifully, lovingly, and sensibly expressed. Sharing…my conscience and knowledge of Jesus will morally otherwise.

  9. I’m sick over this. I’m a mother of 2 sons about the same age. I can’t even begin to imagine what the mother must be going through. And to be 25 and having your whole life ahead of you. I’m lifting his family up in prayer and asking God to comfort them as only He can. The people who did this should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. We, as Christians should be so much more careful about forming opinions when we don’t know someone, NO MATTER WHAT COLOR THEY ARE!!! We should not judge!!! God is the Judge!!! 💜🙏🏼✝️

  10. I am seriously hurting. And even more so when their is silence in the church about reality and what’s going on in the world that really impacts of lives of people of color. Thank you for sharing your words, in particular on this group. Our ICOC groups often talk about alot of things, but when it comes to this topic it is rare. It makes me feel invisible, like I and my pain don’t matter, like my life truly does not matter. So thanks again for sharing this.

  11. Heavenly Father, only you truly know the pains and sorrow that so many are suffering from this senseless Killing of Ahmad Arbery. Help us to receive justice equal to the crime, and give his parents and family members peace, hope, and calmness during their grieving. We thank the people who know and don’t know him for their prayer for justice for this blatant murder of this young man. Father, touch the heart of everyone who is affected by this killing and replace fear with calmness to maintain a sound, mind, body, and spirit. In Jesus’ name Amen.

  12. The thoughts were real and heart felt. Denial has been the word for too many years.i pray that people reading this article will read with an open mind. Thanks for caring.
    Father, we need a touch from you to the hearts of believers who refuse to listen and stand by silently when injustice is committed or we don’t know all the facts. Jesus is the answer for the world today. Touch our hearts Father. Amen

  13. The thoughts were real and heart felt. Denial has been the word for too many years.i pray that people reading this article will read with an open mind. Thanks for caring.

  14. Preach it, Bro

    55 years ago I thought this would end in my generation.
    Then I thought it would end in my sons’ generation.
    Then I thought it would end in my grandchildren’s generation.

    Now I know until there is a change in the heart of America, there will be no end. And ONLY Jesus can change hearts❗️

  15. I hear you. It’s hard for me, but I hear you. I was raised in a conservative Christian home where the litmus test of your faithfulness was if you are pro-life or not. Of course the only thing that ever meant was the abortion issue. Never heard about at-risk kids, or poverty (which of course leads to abortions!!). And then I started reading the Bible. I LOVE the Bible. And the more I read the more I realized God loves justice. God demands justice. I can already imagine some of the replies you’re going to get for posting this. “What about all lives matter” “Don’t make this a color thing.” “Why don’t you talk about the millions of aborted babies.” But I hear you. If we say we are for life, lets really mean it. I am 100% against abortion, and may my voice be added to this post to say that God’s heart grieves over thousands of black babies killed in women’s bellies. Abortion is murder. I know you agree with me. I’ve heard you preach on the subject. But I hear what your doing here. Christians have been so silent, or evil on the issue of race – we need to make it clear. That’s a long introduction to my prayer: God forgive us for our silence about racial oppression – from women’s bellies to the streets of Georgia. We repent and ask for justice AND MERCY. Make yourself real and close to Amaud’s family. Save these murderers and comfort their families too. They need you.

  16. Lord, forgive us and heal our people and our land. Holy Spirit transform us so that we can think, speak and live like Jesus! Amen!

  17. In Jesus Mighty, Majestic, Righteous and Powerful Name!!!! Amen
    🙏🏽🙌🏾🙏🏽🙌🏾🙏🏽🙌🏾💯

  18. The only way for this to change is for people to truly turn to God, not just in name only, but with their whole hearts. Only then will people see that we are all equal at the foot of the cross of J.C. and that God loves us all equally, making us all equal before him. We should all see each other as equals as well and have respect for the creation God made: A human being!

  19. We can’t advocate against abortion (murdering of innocent unborn babies) – We can’t advocate against euthanizing the elderly – We can’t advocate against child abuse or child murder at the hands of another – We can’t advocate against domestic violence to women and men – We can’t advocate against cruelty to the lgbtq – We can’t advocate against the treatment of veterans and/or homeless and then remain silent when a beautiful life – an unarmed black man is chased down, ambushed and shot to death in the street!!! If you are a Christian “A Christ Follower” You must advocate against ALL injustices!!! How? Speak Up, Stand Up for AHMAUD and then speak up, stand up for all babies, children, elderly….ALL Lives…ALL Lives…God LOVES Every life…He created Every Life…Every Life is Sacred! Advocate for All – Stop Prejudices and Racism! How? Love the Lord they God with All Your Heart, All Your Mind and All Your Strength and Love Your Neighbor as thyself! Matthew 22:36-40 Pray for Ahmaud’s family, his community, his state, his country…pray that the hearts of all men filled with rage, contempt and murder all across the nations would repent and seek God’s forgiveness and be saved…then no injustices will be seen.

  20. Prayers for justice and God’s strength and comfort surrounding their family.

  21. Father God
    I pray for peace and love in the hearts of men. For a revival of heart and mind. For your Word to be written I our hearts and hands and to take it with us always. In Jesus’ name amen.

  22. Jesus give use the strength to step out of our comfort zones and act. Help us understand that the Bible means what it says!

  23. My heart breaks frequently, sometimes even daily. But the intensity of this heartbreak is gut-wrenching, grasping at my heart intense. There are no words to describe the senselessness of this homicide. And if we are honest, words like execution and modern-day lynching easily come to mind. So what’s my response? Pray. Pray for Ahmaud’s family. Pray for Ahmaud’s friends. Pray for Ahmaud’s community.

    But I’m also praying for hardened hearts to be softened. When a reputation for discrimination and violence is tolerated, even expected, within this or any community, it is obvious that hardened hearts exist.

    I’m praying for courage to rise up within the hearts and minds of those who witnessed this act of hatred to participate actively with law enforcement, the grand jury, and the court system. I’m praying for a truly impartial judge, who will exercise legal authority to ensure that justice is done within the walls of his or her courtroom.

    I’m praying for the accused to spare the family from further trauma by promptly confessing their guilt and allowing the court system to exercise whatever mercy is due for their heinous act that demonstrates a callous disregard for life. I’m praying that their eyes be opened to the ripples of pain they have inflicted throughout this whole world because now, more than ever, with this pandemic, we realize that our actions affect us all. We can no longer allow evil like this to be left untouched by justice.

    When are we going to realize that exterminating life, a precious life, a beautiful life, should pain us all? When are we going to realize that this act of hatred, while motivated by skin color today, can easily turn into tomorrow’s act based upon something else? To devalue this human life, Ahmaud Arbery, is to devalue all human life.

    I can no longer put words to my emotion for I am too overwhelmed to formulate a coherent thought. Logic fails me now. I can only pray that the Holy Spirit within me will interpret the groanings I feel within me. I am containing screams now.

    I’m an empathetic mother who is reliving the loss of my own child so I may attempt to understand hers. The feeling of my baby being ripped from me was unbearable, collapsing to the floor unbearable. I can imagine her howls, her clenching at her womb, her curling up in the fetal position, her praying for God to take her now. I’ve already experienced the loss of a child from an ectopic pregnancy.

    But to lose a child in this manner, in broad daylight, for NO REASON, I can’t imagine the pain I would be forced to endure. It’s simply miraculous that God is carrying her, minute by minute. I’m praying that Our Prince of Peace continues to comfort her.

  24. Lord I thank You that You allowed this video to be leaked. Let eyes be opened and hearts heal. I ask that You continue to cover this mother and her family. Give them strength for the days ahead, “In Jesus Name Amen”

  25. Lord be with his family. Today was his 26th birthday. Please give him justice quickly.
    In Jesus’s Name,
    Amen

  26. I’m a Jesus follower and pro-life and I’m crying out for justice in this detestable murder. Will you cry out for the unjust murders of unborn children? No you won’t..you’ll only stoop low enough to bait “pro-lifers” when one has zero to do with the other. Shouldn’t you be writing a daily article for “Jesus followers” to cry out for justice on the daily senseless murders in Chicago?
    You’re the one who takes advantage of a terrible situation and calls on Christians all the while you’re actually not willing to do anything but give your otherwise useless opinion..

  27. Lord,we are tired of beign called”color”!and you created us in your image,do we have to hide ourselves!You Lord are our creator and we have no apology for who we are, fight this battle for us,just as you fought the Midianites and Amalekites for your children Israel,we humble ourselves and know that you are the Lord of Battle…in Jesus name… Amen

  28. May the Peace of Jesus comfort his family, friends, and we his neighbors. Holy Spirit, guide us all in living lives of love and mercy. Lead us in being good neighbors and encouraging the Justice of God by the way we live, by what we say, and by the way we stand up as witnesses of Jesus. Amen.

  29. Lord, I pray peace n love over this grieving family. I pray for justice! I pray for the two men who committed this crime. Also their family who will suffer from their heartless actions.

  30. I worked as a police dispatcher and took numerous calls from peoples reporting that there was a black man walking down the street. When I asked “what are they doing?”, they would say “nothing just walking”. I said well leave them alone, they’re not doing a damn thing wrong.

  31. I worked as a police dispatcher and took numerous calls from peoples reporting that there was a black man walking down the street. When I asked “what are they doing?”, they would say “nothing just walking”. I said well leave them alone, they’re not doing a damn thing wrong.

  32. Lord, one you love has been murdered. Heal the wounds and wrongness and willfulness. May all people rise up as one to speak against the loss of this precious life. May justice prevail. We love and serve you Jesus. Continue to save us with faith, hope and love. Amen

  33. That was beautifully said, convicting and great reminder to use our voice. I can’t even fathom what it must be like to being afraid to go out because of your color. I am so sorry that people of color have been treated this way for so long. My heart breaks, I know God’s must be crushed. Praying for the family, for quick justice, for healing and God to change the hearts of these evil people.

  34. Dear Lord,
    Please keep and carry the family and loved ones of Ahmaud Arbery in their sadness and loss. Cover them with your great wings of love, give their weary hearts rest and their minds sound sleep. Lord, lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity, and be comforted by the promise of heaven Amen.

  35. I feel that people are overlooking the father involved in the shooting was a cop for that county for years (that PD said there was “insufficient evidence” for so much as a warrant), then he worked with or for one of the two DA’s that have recused themself from the case. Government holding government accountable is more a pipe dream than reality. I don’t know who leaked that video, but I honestly think it’s the only reason those two have now been arrested & charged with murder.

    I pray for not only justice in this scenario, but that the Lord would unseat wicked rulers. May He return quickly, Maranatha!

  36. May the peace of our Lord be with his family.
    One Family ! One Race ! HUMAN
    ❤️💛🖤🤍, we are precious in HIS sight!
    May light perpetual shine upon his beautiful face. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

  37. Father God, it was in Your image that this young man was created. What a beautiful soul he was. Have Your way with us, Father. Let us speak out when wrong has been done and not stand idly by. I ask you to protect my brothers and sisters of color, Lord. Let me stand arm in arm in their defense when wrong has been done. Search our ( the Church) hearts, Lord, and reveal where hate and prejudices take root. Rip them out of our soul, Lord. Cleanse us, God. Empty me of myself and fill me of You, Father God. In Your Son’s name I pray it so.

  38. Dear Lord,
    You walked this earth for 33 years. When you came here you took on a human body in order to be close to us. You died so that I might live! You walked the earth and advised many many times that we are to Love the Lord God, and love each other. You advised the disciples that these were the most important Commandments!!! It’s just that simple. Yet here we are in a world where hearts have hardened against our brothers and sisters over things that would fit in a thimble. We walk right past what is important and pass judgement on insignificant details, that are against our beliefs. We are not suppose to judge. I know that you made me in your image, as you did every person on this earth. I know I am to love all people because they are your children. It breaks my heart to see so much hate between people who don’t even know each other. Please help us to give people the benefit of the debt. Help us to be the humble children of an amazing and loving God! It breaks my heart that I live in a world where people are brandishing automatic weapons because they so fear what they don’t understand. How awful it must be to live in such fear. But then it is even more awful that innocent people have to live in fear that someone will use those weapons. Please Lord soften our hearts that we can love as we have been taught by your very words!!! Lord please be with this family who lost their son for being in the right place at the wrong time. Lord I also ask that these men who commented this act, find in your message a softening of their hearts. No mother should ever bury their child because of the color of their skin, or for any other rush to judgement. Lord please help us to stop judging each other. Lord reach down and touch our scattered people with the love and peace that comes from you! Heal us Lord! Amen

  39. This is the first I’ve heard of this case but it caught my eye on a friend’s FB page;
    likely because I’m in the middle of a Bible Study of the book of Amos…. I couldn’t get the video to play but probably can find it elsewhere to watch. Thank you for bringing to our attention and providing means to contact those in authority of the case.

  40. God as I sit in my very comfortable life please help me. Help us all to see we do not truly understand racism, as most of us have never walked this reality. Father I pray for this family to find godly peace and justice for their loved one. I pray for the family of man to see sin for what it is. Oh God how can anyone think they will spend eternity with you with such hatred in their hearts. In Jesus name I pray.

  41. Father, forgive us for our distractions, hate, prejudices. Lord, by the work of your Holy Spirit, stir up your bride to stand up for the poor, the weak, and the oppressed instead of looking to gain political power to lord morality over those who can’t even understand it because they don’t know you. Lord, help us break this stupor we seem to be in and fill us with your passion to bring the gospel to the lost, and comfort to those who face injustice. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  42. Great injustice abounds but the people of God should follow the Spirit of the Lord. Love mercy and justice, be compassionate. I don’t make judgement calls according to video that I can’t see clearly but What I do know is persecution of a group of people cannot go unaddressed. There is a battle here– but not against each other. We war against the power and principalities of darkness. I was an addict who has experienced the power and death of the enemy within my own life. But I’ve been redeemed! There is redemption for all- first for the Jew, then for the gentile. Lord please guide the hearts and minds of the authorities you’ve set in place to administer justice. I pray for the family of the slain, the accused and their family as well as the community of Brunswick Georgia. We need healing Lord.

  43. Lord God in heaven, help each of us no matter the color of our skin to put our self in the shoes of one another and walk in them not just for a mile but for many miles and days. Jesus you died on the cross because every sin of the world fell upon your shoulders and you had to bear them all to know how to deal with us so now let us put our self on the cross for our brothers and sisters of color and feel the pain and agony they feel and endure each day. In the name of Jesus i ask. Amen.

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  44. Heartbreaking. I wonder if people prayed over these things even half as much as we’ve prayed for beaches to open – what impact we could have. We turn a blind eye and wonder how these things can happen? Time has passed but the story hasn’t changed. It’s evil and we need to stand up.

  45. Heavenly Father, with a repentant heart I beseech You to hear my cry. Please forgive us (Christians) of our warped and unrealistic mindset as to how we are to represent You in this day and age. Forgive us for hiding in the confines of the walls of our homes and churches. Give us a zeal to stand with our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, and our friends when they rightfully doubt that the church has become nothing more than a social club of likeminded hypocrites who are all mouth and rhetoric. Empower us to take up the mantle of those gone before us to live and fight for righteousness. Forgive us for being disciples unworthy of the banner of Your name. Our land is in dire need of healing. We know what we have been instructed to do…humble ourselves, seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways. We thank You in advance for being the way maker, the miracle worker, the light in the darkness we need during this time. Please make us more like You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

  46. God, give us your heart. Help us to love all people well. Help us to be a voice for the voiceless. Forgive us for when we have been silent.

  47. Lord, thwart every evil and selfish plan, especially by those who are called by Your name, to silence these murders or downplay them. Do not allow another lie or empty promise to escape the lips of another politician who calls him/herself a Christ follower, but does not truly love & fight for those Christ loves! No more charlatans who call themselves “public servants”, but true servant leaders who bow only to you, rising up to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You, Lord!

  48. Thank you, P. Mike! You’ve played such a pivotal role in my foundation of faith in Jesus Christ, and my passion for justice. A trait that is at the core of who our savior is.I know that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I know it!

  49. “You’ll know them by the fruit they bear!” Is a mild retort to this horrific, mindless attack. Prayers for family and friends of this fatality. The Church must rise up and fundamentally ask WWJD?
    It’s not enough to just stay glued to our chairs because it’s not our experience. We should be wondering and lamenting over this behavior as if it were our own family member. The body of Christ must start to exercise more empathy instead of the apathy we sometimes exhibit. If we say we want to see from the eyes of the Lord, here’s our opportunity to do so. How many of us will know about this incident and Not pray for the violators? They need to know Jesus in the most desperate way. We are the Light of the World, yet we go dim when such a violent act must be met with compassion for the “late” the family and for the violators who obviously need Jesus. This is the time for the Body of Christ to showcase what heaven is all about! Our insistence in prayer for God’s continued Sovereignty because His justice must always prevail. And the church’s outcry for such an act is far to silent.

  50. God forgive us! Forgive our trespasses! Forgive us for not speaking up! Heal our land, Lord. That we may love our brothers and sisters with all our hearts. Wake us up Lord!

    In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

  51. My heart is aching. I have told my son on many occasions to be careful running through neighborhoods while he’s out jogging. I wanted him to be aware for this exact reason. As a mother to 2 brown boys I shouldn’t be afraid to answer the phone late at night or when he tells me he’s being pulled over by a police. My son’s heart is of pure kindness but what does that matter if he encounters a man with a heart of hate. I’m struggling with my emotions after watching this because this shouldn’t be happening. Thanks for speaking up!

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