God convicted me many years ago that racism is pure evil, and it must be opposed. We stand against racism, and we are committed to learn, grow, and repent of our own blind spots and biases because justice is rooted not in politics, but in the heart of God.
As we learn our way toward God’s heart for justice and healing, we know we have more work to engage in our hearts and in our church, and we want to invite you on this important journey.
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed” (Isaiah 1:17).
“For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” (Isaiah 30:18).
In this critical moment, let’s all seek God’s path of justice which Dr. King and others demonstrated, fighting evil, not with evil, but with love. And I want to encourage all who call Gateway “home” to seek to listen with a humble heart to those who are oppressed. Racism is real, injustice is real, and we can be a healing community that walks toward solutions rooted in God’s Kingdom as we humbly listen to one another. Let’s unite as brothers and sisters with one God and Father, remembering that He sees our diversity as the many members of His body, where “all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.” 1 Corinthians 12:25-26
We are working with a diverse group of churches and pastors to grow in this as a church family as well as to engage with city leaders and our police chief to see real, lasting change in line with God’s Kingdom in our city. We want to share this resource page to give each of us practical ways to make progress. Let’s join together and work for the justice, reconciliation, peace, healing, and unity only God can bring as we seek His will together.
With much love,