During this past Sunday’s worship gathering (John group) we were able to speak to those who were gathered about the events of this past week. In an effort to shepherd and encourage the rest of you as well, we’d like to share what was said.
We’re appalled and angered over the brutal, senseless murder of George Floyd by the four Minneapolis officers. What was done is wicked and all involved should be held accountable.
As we strive to be a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic body of believers in Jesus Christ we love and stand with the Black community – men, women, and children who are image-bearers of God; souls for whom Jesus died, and human-beings deserving of respect, honor, kindness, protection, and care.
We love our law enforcement officers. There is no question that there are some unethical police officers but the overwhelming majority of our officers are hard-working, law-abiding officers who do their job well, who run into danger to protect and serve all people regardless of background, race, or political affiliation.
There are wicked people who do atrocious things in all sectors and settings. The wicked measures of a few should not define an entire people group or line of work.
What are we to do in response?
We pray and ask the Lord to grant repentance for the sin around us of racial divide, racism, indifference. We join in prayer for our Black brothers and sisters as we strive to understand their pain, grief, fear, and concerns in these difficult times. We join in prayer for our law enforcement officers and their families; for their safety, sound mind and courage, especially, in this season. We pray for peaceful protest and pray that the powers that be would listen and take action for justice. Finally, we ask the Lord that “…justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)
We understand some will see this as political in nature, or as a kind of ‘virtue signaling.’ We do not share this belief. We believe this is a gospel issue. When we believe in Jesus Christ we are saved and reconciled to God fully and finally. Being brought into union with Christ creates unity in Christ. That unity in the gospel crosses all boundaries: ethnic, social, and national. God calls us to “…seek the good of the city…and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its good you will find your good.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
May we all “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” (Micah 6:8)