Dear Church Family,
I am deeply saddened and angered by the senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We are rightly horrified by the video of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin abusing his authority and power by keeping his knee on George Floyd’s neck, depriving him of oxygen and ending his life. As of this writing, Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Though we rightly condemn this heinous act, the deeper issue is the pervasive disease of racism in our country. The act that many of us witnessed on video is the fruit of a pervasive and centuries-old lie that says that the color of one’s skin determines their worth. The lie that says one race is inferior to another race. Author and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson, calls this lie the “Narrative of Racial Difference.” This lie states that black and brown people are inferior to white people. We are all influenced by this deeply entrenched lie from the evil one. It is in the cultural air we breathe. It affects how we view ourselves and how we view others. This lie stands in direct opposition to the reality that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God and therefore have inherent worth and dignity. Black lives don’t matter less! We are all equal in God’s sight.
I know that the majority of people agree with these statements, but some of us fail to recognize how pervasive, insidious and destructive this lie is.
At Flood, we are committed to the Kingdom vision that God’s family is multiethnic and multigenerational.
To our brothers and sisters of color, we say we see you and honor you. We will seek to be educated about your lived experiences. We will work against the racism that harms you. We will work against any and all forms of racial injustice because we understand that it is a biblical and theological issue. We will seek to walk together in solidarity with empathy and greater understanding.
The gospel message is that through Jesus’ work, we are reconciled to God AND to each other and have been given the ministry of reconciliation. God has called us to be one and to partner together to see His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We rightly condemn the fruit of racism (evil deeds) but we know the deeper kingdom work is to deal with the root or disease of racism.
Have mercy, Lord Jesus, as we seek to be your people.
Together on the Journey,