Thoughts from our Canada Lead Pastors
May 31, 2020
It’s been a heavy week. The black community has reached the breaking point and we hear you loud and clear. Racism is a despicable evil that has gone on for too long and we will not stand for it. Three days ago in Toronto, a video surfaced of a man going to the door of a black family, calling them the n-word and verbally abusing them. He’d never met them before but just felt like he had a right to go to their home, knock on their door and hurl abuse. So while we in Canada have watched the horrific murder of George Floyd from a distance, the realities of racism are on our doorstep and affecting our communities in devastating ways.
In our church vision statement, it says that we are about changing mindsets and empowering people to lead and impact in every sphere of life. Well, there are some mindsets that need changing and the first place we need to start is in our own hearts. Church, together let’s ask the Holy Spirit to firstly search our hearts and help us to love better. God can not heal what we don’t acknowledge. Let’s first humble ourselves and from that place of humility, walk forwards, to see the cycle of racism broken. It’s not enough to “not be racist”. As followers of Jesus we must commit to being anti-racist. To the black community, we are so deeply sorry for the pain that you have endured due to racism and a lack of equity and we want to say clearly that black lives matter. We condemn racism in any form, we love you, we weep with you and we are standing with you, believing that together we can see an end to this cycle of racism, in Jesus name.
With heavy but hopeful hearts,
Damian and Julie
And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
– Micah 6:8