I join in the sorrow, anger and confusion felt by Americans across the country following the death of George Floyd. The nature of his death is shocking to all of us who believe in a just, lawful, and equal society.
I believe that God’s love is all-encompassing and it urges us to reject racism and discrimination. The Bible commands us to “be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” We are committed to fighting racism wherever it exists and will speak up wherever we encounter it. As we pray for God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven, I will continue to work toward a world where all people are loved.
I encourage people of good will to look closely at their own attitudes to determine how they can contribute peacefully to solving this problem. I support the peaceful protests and dialogue that have come from this tragedy. I encourage a display of love for all, in non-violent ways.
Never has our Christian mission been more imperative: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. I call on all individuals to work together toward a common cause in the spirit of love, tolerance, and forgiveness.