Peoples Church Statement on Racism
The circumstances around the death of George Floyd are another reminder of the racial injustice in our nation. In communities across America, including our own, the heart of the demonstrations has been to bring renewed awareness to injustice and demands they be addressed. Sometimes it is difficult to hear the reasonable above the irrational and destructive, yet it is important to have a measured and meaningful response as a faith family that includes a diversity of ethnicities.
Peoples Church is built on the foundation of Jesus. We desire to follow and obey his directives. It is our conviction that all have been created in the image of God and we view each other based on that truth. Therefore, we reject racism and loathe any attitudes or actions that would manifest from that sin. As Christians, we desire to reflect Jesus Christ, whose work on the cross broke down the dividing walls of hostility that separate us. Additionally, we work to achieve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Having celebrated Pentecost Sunday so recently, we are reminded of the template that Acts chapter 2 gives us as the church. It is a model of inclusion of all races and reconciliation to one another that flows from the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit.
Grace and peace must converge in this moment. May God’s church be the very example that all of society yearns to emulate. An environment of love where racism and prejudice cannot thrive.