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Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:52 PM

Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:52 PM
Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:52 PM

I come to you this week with a deep sadness and troubled spirit by the events that have unfolded over the senseless death of Mr. George Floyd. There seems to be a consistent theme of unwarranted violence against people of color in our society and in our world today. As one stated: “We recognize that sustained and systematic racism is a national and global crisis.”

In these protests, I see much anger, frustration, and pain which may be accentuated by the pandemic, but it is more deeply rooted in our inability to love one another as God has shown love to us. We often choose to love others from a distance and what we get in return is misunderstanding, marginalization and mayhem. Is it not only when we truly invest in relationship with others of a different color, creed or race, that we truly come to understand and value them?

I support the peaceful protest of those choosing to speak out. In the weekly video update, I shared what is written in Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV): Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

I must admit that I had a hard time looking past the looting and destruction of property. As always, it seems that even now those who need the most help and need to be listened to are being taken advantage of economically, politically and even socially.

Furthermore, while many police officers are trying to faithfully carry out their responsibilities, the violent act against George Floyd, which led to his death, is happening far too often. Certainly, this is not the kind of world we want to live in; filled with fear and suspicion. Surely there is a longing in our souls to seek peace and be people of love; people God has called us to be.

Is it not our call to stand for, kneel with, and speak out for the members of our Black community, all people of color, and those unable to fend for themselves? I cannot speak for you, but this week I have been doing a bit of self-reflection and I have asked God to forgive me when I have not been the person of love God has called me to be. I have asked for God to forgive me and help me make this world more like the kingdom we pray for every week in the Lord’s prayer; a kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven,” where all people have worth, value and dignity. Remember what is written in Revelation 7:9 (NIV): After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. I long for that kingdom to come, not only in the future but NOW!
Blessings, Mark

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