by: EBCC Technical
CHAOS SURROUNDING THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD
FROM BRUCE K. MINOR, PASTOR OF EAGLE BEND COMMUNITY CHURCH
JUNE 8, 2020
There is a long history of unequal justice in our country, going back to the grievous Jim Crow and slavery eras. There is injustice of people of color, there is also continuing injustice between social and economic diversities.
The images and information we have available to us in this case are horrific and remind us that there is much more work to be done to ensure that there is not even a hint of racial inequity in the distribution of justice in our country. We grieve to see examples of the misuse of force, and call for these issues to be addressed with speed and justice. Speed and justice can only reside in the hearts of men and women of conscience and this takes time and, hopefully, not too much time to save our nation.
While we thank God for our law enforcement officers that bravely risk their lives for the sake of others and uphold justice with dignity and integrity, we also lament when some law enforcement officers misuse their authority and bring unnecessary harm on the people they are called to protect.
We further grieve with our minority brothers and sisters in the wake of George Floyd’s death, pray for his family and friends and greatly desire to see the misuse of force and any inequitable distributions of justice come to an end.
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, the Bible speaks to matters of justice and human dignity. We are taught by Scripture that human beings are distinct among the rest of creation as those beings who are made in the image of God. From the beginning of life to the end, all human beings, both male and female--of all ethnicities, colors and ages—ALL are sacred beings that God values, loves and wants them to be with Him for all eternity.
Throughout the law, the prophets, the gospels- the entire Scripture, murder is condemned and God’s people are called to protect the vulnerable. The Bible further condemns injustice and the misuse of authority and force.
In the example of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s people are called to love others, care for their needs, grieve with them in brokenness and labor for the well-being of our neighbor. To follow Christ is to follow in these examples He puts before us. WE ARE TO BE AS CHRIST! Nothing less.
Therefore, as a matter of Christian obedience and devotion, followers of Jesus Christ cannot remain silent when our brothers and sisters, friends and/or people we seek to win for Christ are mistreated, abused or killed because of their ethnicity. We at Eagle Bend Community Church need to continue, as we have in the past, to renew our commitment to equality under the law of the state and God.
The only change that will be enduring is the change in the hearts of men and women who love the Lord. No legislation, protests, riots pronunciations will do anything unless your hear, our hearts and the hearts of all children of God understand, feel and are in concert with those who are receiving undeserved discrimination.
Therefore, we pray for our local, state, and national leaders, and for ourselves, as we and they seek justice, and call on them to act quickly and diligently to ensure that these situations are brought to an end. As a people, The Eagle Bend Community Church stands ready to help towards that end. May God give us His favor, help and strength in this effort.
AMEN – (translated – “So may it be”)