“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

The face of George Floyd painted on a section of Israel’s controversial separation barrier in Bethlehem. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand—AFP/Getty Images

In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic murder in 2020, over 2700 works of public and street art emerged globally, transforming cityscapes into canvases of protest and hope. These vibrant murals and poignant graffiti pieces became powerful expressions of collective grief, anger, and a profound yearning for justice.

God is at work in these creative expressions, speaking through the hands of artists who channel the pain and hope of their communities into visual cries for change. These artworks challenge us to confront systemic racism and to stand in solidarity with the marginalized. They are modern-day prophets, calling us to live out the biblical mandate to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

Each piece of street art created in response to George Floyd’s death tells a story and demands that we not look away from the injustices faced by Black communities. They serve as both memorials and catalysts for action, urging us to engage in the hard work of racial reconciliation and justice.

How might these murals inspire us to reflect on our role in God’s justice movement? Can we be moved by the Spirit to seek justice for the oppressed, to listen to the voices of the marginalized, and to work tirelessly for a world where all of God’s children can live with dignity and peace? Is why God has instilled the gift of creativity into creation? Good questions for us to ponder today.

May God’s peace find you today. -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… God of justice, open our eyes to the cries for justice in our world. Inspire us through the art born from pain and hope to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you. Amen.