Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. – Isaiah 1:17
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many have wondered when things will get back to normal. But what if there are some things that need to stop being normal? When it comes to racial injustice, we believe we need a New Normal.
On May 25, 2020, we saw yet another example of racial injustice when George Floyd lost his life as an officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck, while Floyd was handcuffed, lying on the street and pleaded for breath.
The sin of racism has been happening for some time and is still at work in our day. Racism hasn’t gone anywhere; it has become more sophisticated and systemic. For generations, countless Black lives have experienced injustice, oppression, and pain all at the hands of racism. Families have lost sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers due to racism, from lynching to police brutality. This isn’t just history; it’s happening now.
As a church, we are committed to do our part in standing against racism.
We believe this is a Gospel issue, not a political issue. Justice and lifting up those who are oppressed are Biblical values.
While all lives matter equally to God, there have many too many examples in our nation that show us black lives don’t matter as much. This has to change.
As a church, we want to listen and learn. We want to step into the pain of others. We want to see the unity that Jesus prayed for. We want to do our part to bring change.
Below are some resources/opportunities to engage with and while these are just a start, we pray they help in learning and standing against racial injustice.