Statement: Do black lives matter?
The death of George Floyd at the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis recently has sparked nationwide protests in the United States and Canada. Some people have asked: how should Christ followers respond?
The church has always been on the side of the oppressed. The Bible says: “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Prov. 31:9) “Let those who love the Lord hate evil.” (Psalm 97:10) “Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.” (Amos 5:14).
Racism is wrong in any form. God loves people of every skin color, including black. Black people don’t matter more than others, but they certainly don’t matter less. For too long, black people have been systematically discriminated against by the color of their skin. They’ve been enslaved, lynched without trials, shot without cause, and treated unfairly, unjustly, and inhumanly. This is wrong. The church should call it out and oppose it in any form.
Perhaps in Canada we’ve more often been guilty of a similar kind of racism, profiling and discriminating with prejudice against indigenous peoples. But in this moment, we need to acknowledge that every black human being matters to God and matters to us. Forgive us when we haven’t spoken out louder and sooner to defend you, protect you and honor you as our brother and sister. We pray for justice, righteousness and healing in our nation, as the Scripture says: “overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21).