May 28, 2020
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” -Micah 6:8
The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, and George Floyd highlight the painful truth that racism in America is still very much alive. As a community of people who follow Jesus and who endeavor to apply the Bible to our lives, our commitment is to call out the sin of racism where we see it. We will continue to appeal to local and national leaders in all segments of society to speak up and to act in the interest of justice. We will continue to dignify and build up people from all walks of life, colors, and ethnicities with the word of God, with deep sensitivity to the pains of African Americans in our community.
As a house of worship we urge all who are a part of the ministry of Messiah to speak out and to make your voices known during the upcoming voting season. Write to our political representatives and urge them to express the outrage that we feel. Call the offices of District Attorneys and express your desire to see criminal behavior on the parts of police (Minneapolis) and vigilante citizens (Georgia) be met with arrests, convictions and appropriate jail sentences.
Ultimately we trust that the God we serve is just. We believe He hears us when we pray. We will “be angry and sin not”. We will not walk in fear, but with “a spirit of love and power and a sound mind.” We will lock arms with leaders, organizations, and other churches that are justice-aware and justice-active, in order to expand our impact for Christ and bring about change in our community and the nation. And we will make a difference as we shine the light of Christ’s love locally and nationally in a racially polarized nation. We will continue to treat others, no matter their race, ethnicity, class, etc. as we would like to be treated.
While we act, hope, and wait for justice to be served for the recently slain, we will “look to the hills from which comes our help.” We are confident, that our help comes from the LORD.
Pastor Rod Hairston