HEALING OUR COMMUNITIES FROM THE WOUNDS OF IMPROPER POLICING, SYSTEMIC RACISM, AND SOCIAL INJUSTICE BY PROMOTING REPENTANCE, RECONCILIATION,
STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTERS COALITION OF SPOTSYLVANIA AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
OUR DECLARATION OF UNITY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND RACIAL INJUSTICE
“But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
This is an incredibly painful period for our community and our country. At the scene of the first murder in human history, "The LORD said, 'What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground." (Genesis 4:10) and today the blood of all those beaten and murdered, as a result of Police brutality motivated either by racial prejudice or other reasons, committed by particular law enforcement officers, cries out for justice just as surely-officers who have betrayed the public trust and abused the authority granted to them by those they swore to protect and serve.
Now we, as a coalition of clergy, consecrated to compassionately serve our congregations and our communities as ambassadors for Jesus Christ, we too must cry out. We must cry out with a unified communal voice! We must cry out until justice rolls down as waters! We must cry out until righteousness rolls down as a mighty stream!
We are angry, heart-broken and stand in solidarity with all those protesting non-violently to demand equal justice under the law. We thank God for their sacrifice and their courageous choice to pursue racial justice through non-violent means in order to save lives and attempt to heal our nation from the disease of racism.
We also stand in support of, and thank God for, the dedicated men and women of law enforcement who bring honor to their badge, have stayed true to their oath, and take seriously the commitment to serve their communities. We recognize that their jobs are difficult, sometimes dangerous, and we are profoundly grateful for their sacrifice.
This monumental movement has been defined by tens of millions of people of conscience, across the racial spectrum, who are insisting that we, as a people and a nation live up to the values as expressed in our nation’s timeless declaration that; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Our Coalition of Clergy must and will use the voices and platforms that God has given us to shine the light of God’s love and mercy, to pierce the darkness caused by hate and injustice, to promote peace and healing in this period of pain and suffering and to give a reason for the HOPE that we have within us, humbly, with reverence for Christ and with love for our neighbors.
May this time in our history be a turning point for our nation as we commit ourselves to pursue God’s justice, and God’s righteousness, for the victims of these terrible acts.