Evangelical Environmental Network: Lamenting Racism

  • Published on June 7th, 2020

Any form of inequality is sinful and unbiblical. As evangelical Christians whose faith traditions deplore any acts of white supremacy and racial injustice, we join in mourning Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. These wrongful deaths illustrate the ongoing prevalence of racism in our society.

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By The Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, President/CEO and The Rev. Jeremy Summers, Board Chair
Evangelical Environmental Network

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12.

These words of Jesus define our ministry and guide our mission. Therefore, we are compelled to speak out to society at large and especially to others in the evangelical community. Any affront to a child of God must be an affront to all Christians and all people. All humans are created in the image of God (Gen 1:26), and what God has created let no one call profane.

To keep silent on the injustice of racism is a disregard to Jesus’ command to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our pro-life values flow from these teachings. All human life is sacred.

Sadly, that Biblical truth has not been equally valued in America. To our brothers and sisters of color, we can stand with you, shield you, love you and proclaim that your life matters.

The God of the cross and resurrection is a God of love and justice. As such, we as Christians must speak up against evil acts and injustice.

“Let justice roll down like a river and righteousness as an ever flowing stream.” Amos 5:24.

If we believe those words, we must advocate for justice for the victims and their families, and work together for equality for all people by the Holy Spirit’s power.

We stand alongside and support the peaceful demonstrations for those grieving both the recent deaths and the overt societal racism, and we deplore the minority of those attempting to turn the rightful peaceful acts of awareness into violence and mayhem.

Violence, racism, and abuse of power are antithetical to our faith and we condemn the ongoing calls for violence from President Trump via Twitter. It is time to lead with love, and we ask for elected and community leaders at all levels to speak up for love and justice, especially people of faith and church leaders.

(Originally appeared at Creationcare, the website of the Evangelical Environmental Network.)

 

 

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EEN is a biblically based ministry dedicated to the care of God's creation. EEN is made up of both individual members who believe in and support our vital ministry and major evangelical organizations who work with EEN to help equip, educate, disciple, network, and mobilze the church for the care of God's creation. Creation-care means caring for all of God's creation by stopping and preventing activities that are harmful (e.g. air and water pollution, species extinction), and participating in activities that further Christ's reconciliation of all of creation to God. Doing creation-care fills us with the joy that only comes from doing the will of God.

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