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“Lord Have Mercy!” – Local Pastor Comments on Shooting of Daunte Wright and Other Tragedies


Bishop Donald Hilliard echoed the emotions of many in the Christian community and beyond when he exclaimed, “Lord have mercy,” following the killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota, the harassment of Army Lt. Caron Nazario in Virginia, and the volcano eruption on the island of St. Vincent.

Hilliard, the senior pastor of Cathedral International—The Historic Second Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, addressed the issues during a recent Facebook video post.

“While they’re dealing with the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis, they are now dealing with the murder of this young man (Daunte Wright), who was on the phone with his mother as he was shot, allegedly by mistake, by a policeman. Lord have mercy.”

“Sometimes, all you can say is ‘Lord have mercy’ and not allow yourself to become so absolutely enraged and absolutely overcome by the issues of the hour,” he said. “Tonight, we need God’s mercy. The words of a Marvin Gaye song—“What’s Going On?”—comes to mind: Mother, mother, There’s too many of you crying; Brother, brother, There’s too many of you dying; You know we’ve got to find a way, To bring some loving here today…”

Bishop Hilliard said we need to prayerfully ask God to step in during these challenging days.

“God is still able, and that God remains our refuge and strength in the time of trouble,” he said. “Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth be moved and the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. We need God’s mercy. We need God’s grace. We need God’s protection. We need God’s touch. We need God’s hand. We need God’s justice. Lord have mercy…”

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