Lincoln church leaders push for positive protesting
Local demonstrators are trying to remain peaceful and local church leaders are spreading that same message.
At the capitol, demonstrators are trying to remain peaceful and local church leaders are spreading that same message.
After the riots Saturday night, I spoke with a pastor who pushes for peaceful protests during these difficult times.
“To the looters, I would say that although we all experience this type of rage I’m coming from the MLK ethos that peaceful protest movements are the only way for us to invite real change,” says Engel.
Pastor Kirstie Engel of First United Methodist says using your right to vote and speak makes a difference.
“I think we’re all just frustrated as a community and as a world, what’s happening with George Floyd but there’s a long list of Black and Brown lives that are senselessly being executed by the hands of police mainly and I just think that we’re in a time where enough is enough,” adds Engel.
Channel 8 also spoke with an officer who says he understands the anger but hopes people continue to believe in the good side of the law.
“I share the outrage in the anger over what the ex-police officer did,” says Major Mike Jahnke. “Nobody hates a bad cop more than a good cop and we have to do a better job within our profession and we want to do a better job.”
Because this is Pentecost Sunday, Engel challenges the community to work together.
“On that day in the upper room, it was obvious that all different ethnicity and backgrounds could be represented in one room and be in harmony too,” says Engel. “I guess my charge to the whole community is, let’s continue to seek ways for the holy spirit to unify us cause we truly are one together.”