According to the Christian Post, Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby is a practicing Christian who declared at a recent prayer breakfast that “God put me in this position for a reason.”
Mosby is part of a Multicultural Prayer Movement that is led by Bishop Angel Nunez, who told the Christian Post that Mosby is an Esther in this hour. His reference was to the book of Esther in the Bible when Esther was in the right place to save her people from destruction.
Mosby has been Baltimore’s state attorney for only four months. However, her short tenure on the job did not keep her from ruling Freddie Gray’s death a homicide and criminally charging six police officers with the 25-year-old’s death.
The 35-year-old is one of the nation’s youngest urban prosecutors. She lives just blocks away from where riots broke out on Monday following Gray’s funeral. When she spoke at the Bilingual Christian Church, where she is a member, she vowed to seek justice in what could become one of the biggest civil rights cases of her career.
Mosby told the audience that she once had self-doubt while seeking election as Baltimore’s state’s attorney. Then she was reminded of Isaiah 41 verse 10.
“And I say this all the time ‘fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ And that is what kept me grounded whenever I had that self-doubt, whenever I said this is too much for me to handle as a wife, as a mother, as an attorney. I’ve got to tell you that God got me through, and I have to believe that He put me here for a reason.”
She vowed to “pursue justice by any and all means necessary.” She went on to ask the prayer group to pray for the police, the city of Baltimore, and also called for more sensitivity in the media’s coverage of Baltimore.
“Nothing transcends the power of God and we have work to do. We have work to do. We need to get out there on these streets and talk to these young people. They are not thugs, they are our children and they need us. They need us now. So I appreciate your support. I have big shoulders that I mean, right now, I have a lot on me but nothing that the Lord… I’m prepared. So I appreciate you, and please continue to pray, pray for me, pray for our city, pray for our young people. Thank you.”
The Baltimore Sun reported that social media and national news quickly considered Mosby a “hero” for ruling Gray’s death a homicide and bringing charges against six police officers. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, the local police union, didn’t see it that way. The union has called for an independent prosecutor to handle the Gray case because of Mosby’s relationship to William Murphy, the Gray’s family attorney, and her marriage to a councilman.
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