Bishop T.D. Jakes Denounces Dallas Shootings
Bishop T.D. Jakes, whose ministry “The Potter’s House” is based in Dallas, Texas publicly denounced the shootings in Dallas. At the start of the broadcast, he said “this is a dark night in our country.”
“Our country is in trouble. We’ve been in trouble for a long time,” he said. “If ever there was a time when we need to come together, it’s right now.”
“I’m disappointed in the killings and the atrocities of innocent young people. It’s very, very painful,” Bishop Jakes said. “I’m angry and I’m sad at the killing of innocent police officers who have kids at home who are just trying to do their job.” He said he pastors many of the police officers that serve with the Dallas Police Department.
He is also very disturbed by the recent fatal shootings of young African American men in Louisiana and Minnesota by police officers. Those killings were the reason behind what was supposed to be a peaceful protest on Thursday. He said he has stood in solidarity with grieving mothers whose children lost their lives to similar violence.
“At the end of the day, the blood that’s shed on the streets is not black, it’s not white, it’s not brown. It’s red,” he said.
He said his own grandfather was murdered in Mississippi in tragic circumstances. He did not elaborate.
He said he was torn between speaking to his viewers as a “pastor or as a father.” He called for a “united” Church in the nation. “We have to stand together..,” he said. “It’s very important that it not just be the black church or the brown church or the white church; it needs to be the church that Jesus died for and shed his blood for standing together because we’re united not by the color of our skins but the content of our character.”
In a closing prayer, he said: “I pray God, in spite of the horrific atrocities that are going on all across the country… that out of the ashes of this despair would come an ember of hope that would turn into a flame of justice until we become a beacon of light again.”
Nearly 2 million people viewed the video on Facebook Live.