Standing Together Against Racism
Protests and riots continue across the country over racial injustice and the inequities in our criminal justice system. Because our church does not involve itself in politics some may assume racism is an area where we choose to remain neutral. Let me be clear. It is not.
We condemn racism in all forms, from the personal prejudice of individuals and groups to the systemic inequities built into the systems of our society.
We condemn white supremacy as a philosophy and as one of the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” against which we must take our stand.
We condemn abuses of power by police and the careless use of excessive force that has harmed the lives of black people and communities disproportionately.
While outrage and protests are understandable and important responses to injustice, we condemn violence against police, businesses and our communities.
We are thankful for the many good police officers that serve and protect our communities fairly. We pray for their safety and success in reforming the system in which they serve.
As those who follow Jesus in a predominantly white church, it is important for us to stand with our black brothers and sisters during this time and affirm that their lives matter.
This is not endorsing a political position or side. People of color are on both sides of the political aisle. But whatever our political perspectives, we must stand together as one body in Christ. Each person has a unique story and we want those stories to be told and listened to and learned from.
There are powerful forces at work in the spiritual realm that want to divide and destroy our country, our families, churches, marriages, friendships and every other good thing God created. When Jesus encountered someone with deep pain he always responded with compassion and mercy. Let’s follow his example.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
These are a list of recommended resources that some of our staff are starting to work their way through. We have not engaged with all of them but are starting to engage with some.
***We want to give a huge shoutout to the Justice and Mercy ministry at Risen Church that put this resource together. Their team spent a lot of time on it and we are grateful for their voice in this conversation***