ThouGhts prompted By George Floyd's death

Hi Westview family,  


Given what has happened this past week… these are some words I wanted to share.

 

- Pastor Jeff

 


So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them… Genesis 1:27

 

 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.  No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.  1 John 4:11,12

 

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

… let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.        Amos 5:24

 

We know that God the Father weeps at the needless death of George Floyd, and the other too-numerous, racially motivated acts of cruelty, violence, and death perpetrated against those who He made in his image… whether they be incidents that have happened nearby, or somewhere around the world / be they against individuals, or perpetrated against people groups on a mass scale.  Jesus, who taught and showed us in his words and his actions to love our neighbour… weeps. 

So as God’s children and followers of Jesus… we mourn because of these injustices; these cruelties. We grieve for those in our “backyards”, and anywhere in our world who experience racism, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, and injustice, and have to deal with the fears that they bring into their lives.

Many of you in our church family, as well as our friends, neighbours, schoolmates, and colleagues, have experienced racism or prejudice first-hand.  Others, such as myself, have not had these experiences - it’s not a reality we encounter personally, and so we need to continue to listen and to hear from you in order to gain understanding, and learn how we can respond and help.

The imperatives of the prophet Amos need to flow from our church, our lives, and into our community, our world: “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)

As followers of Jesus, we need to say, “no more.”  We need to pray for and seek change - to join with Amos to “seek good and not evil”, to “hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate” (Amos 5:14-15)

However, our hope is not rooted in our plans and efforts, but in the redeeming work that Jesus has accomplished and that everyone can take hold of.  Our hope is that as the church, and individually as Christ-followers sharing and living out the gospel, we will see the power of the gospel at work bringing together people in unity (Revelation 7:9).

 

God, you made us all in your own image: give us grace to contend against prejudice, racism, and oppression.  Help us to seek the establishment of your justice, your care, and your unconditional love - in our community and the world around us.  Holy Spirit, counsel and guide us as to what we need to do and be in response to injustice and hurt.  Jesus, thank you for your redeeming work, and for the hope that we have in you.

In Jesus’ name, amen.