Dear friends, In the last week, we have witnessed multiple tragedies in which sinful racial distinctions have once again been employed in the service of evil to kill and divide human beings made in the image of God. We grieve and pray for the families of those police officers killed and wounded here in Dallas as well as those of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.
In the wake of these tragedies, we call upon Christians everywhere to bear witness to the life-giving power of the gospel in which these sinful divisions of the human race are being nullified in Christ Jesus. We further confess that we are all subject to the temptations of racial division and plead for God’s grace and mercy to deliver us from sin, which seeks to divide us from one another.
This moment demands that the church of Jesus Christ displays to a watching world what life looks like under the rule and reign of God in which “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for [we] are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). It is our Adversary who seeks to divide and destroy humanity and we call upon the grace of God to empower His church to overcome this evil with the love of Christ.
In Christ, S. Michael Craven