As Mothers and Fathers to All Nations, we want to assure you that we regard racism, where people are mistreated and dishonoured on the basis of their race, ethnicity or skin colour, to be evil and is a social injustice that has demonic origins.
We view the death of George Floyd as murder, an unlawful and unjust killing of a fellow human being, made in the image of God.
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ gave his life for us, to redeem us from sin and to destroy the devil and all his works, including the evil of racism.
Our conviction is that in establishing his new covenant, Jesus pours out his Spirit on all flesh, without distinction (Acts 2:17). Whatever our backgrounds, Jesus has reconciled us to himself in peace and makes us one new man, establishing peace with one another (Eph 2:14-16).
In partnering with Holy Spirit, we receive what comes from Jesus himself – a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Col 3:12). This enables us to bear with one another in honest conversations and to forgive each other, just as the Lord has forgiven us.
We want to include ourselves as eldership couples in having conversations, to seek understanding and to receive healing that can result in greater blessing within our church family and to our city.
Jesus is our Healer, so we turn to him in prayer.
“As we have been grieved, hurt, pained and traumatised by recent events, we turn to you, Jesus, to heal us and comfort us so we can partner with you to release your healing and salvation into our broken world. In Jesus Name, Amen.”