Statement on Baltimore UnrestLarry Owens, Jr., M.Div.Senior Pastor, Canaan Baptist ChurchWashington, DC There is a 33 mile stretch of highway that separates Washington, DC from the utter chaos that has once again erupted in one of America’s major cities, Baltimore, Maryland, because of the actions of law enforcement officers, perpetrated against a young Black male. This all-too-familiar scenario can cause us to become numb to these incidents. Yet again, it is incumbent upon those of us who believe in the power of prayer to take up this powerful weapon that we have at our disposal and bombard the Throne of God with prayers for peace in our land. If ever there was a time when we have the opportunity to use the model of prayer that Christ taught to His disciples, this is the day! “Our Father…Thy Kingdom come…Forgive us our trespasses…Deliver us from evil”. Pray! We commend those who are attempting to quell the unrest, placing themselves in harms’ way to stand for the ideals and principles that make for safe and prosperous communities. We applaud Governor Hogan, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, members of the clergy from all denominations, and even those whose ideologies we do not hold, the Nation of Islam, for braving the tumultuous streets trying to incite calm. We also applaud the average, law-abiding citizen who cares about their city and this morning immediately began the task of cleaning and restoring order to “Charm City”. Finally, we applaud and encourage the parents who have taught their children productive and healthy means of expressing anger without violence and destruction. As we have previously stated, violence solves nothing, it only begets more violence. Pray! To those members of the Canaan fellowship that have family, friends, and colleagues in the Baltimore area, please be assured that Lady LaWanda and I are praying that all those who are connected to you are, and will remain in the safe-keeping of our Almighty Savior. I ask that you all join me in a special prayer as well for Pastor Donte Hickman and the members of the Southern Baptist Church whose senior facility was burned to the ground last night, just months from its dedication. It was designed with 60 affordable apartments and mental health services to serve the seniors of that Baltimore community. We believe that like Nehemiah rebuilt the walls in Jerusalem, we trust that God will afford our brothers and sisters in Christ the opportunity to rebuild the facility to glory of God. Pray! We know that only a heart and mind transformed by Jesus Christ will understand that lawlessness of any kind is counter-productive to God’s desire for mankind. I believe He desires us to work while it is day, and look forward to the day when we obtain everlasting peace: “Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, Forever”.