A Pastoral Letter to our Members and Friends

Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
He shall judge the peoples with equity.”
~ PSALM 97:10

Grace to you and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ. We write to you in the wake of events of the past week, events set in motion by the killing of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. We grieve his senseless killing. We affirm, along with law enforcement officials from our state, the justifiable anger of all those who have seen those nine minutes of videotape. We hear and acknowledge the deeper cries of longing from those whose experience of humanity is too frequently stained by mistreatment, even violence, based on the color of their skin.

As witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we confidently declare that because the LORD reigns, the world will not descend into chaos. Because the LORD has made a covenant in Jesus Christ, who took on flesh, gave his life and was raised, and now sits at the right hand of the Father, we know that God’s good purposes will not be thwarted.

Events such as these demand of us a witness: a witness in word and deed. Of course, this time is not new; this is another chapter in the long narrative of human rebellion against God’s good purposes for us, a narrative that is God’s story of redeeming the human race. Because of this history, we recall what our ancestors in the faith have confessed, which we share.

Our church’s constitution names six great purposes for its existence. Among them is “the promotion of social righteousness.” There is no square inch of earth that the living God cedes to other authorities, be they human or demonic. Therefore, we not only pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as in heaven, but we accept our mission to testify to that kingdom and to strive to live obediently toward that kingdom.

In this week, and in months to come, our prayer is for the extension of social righteousness: where there is racism, that hearts will be changed toward love for neighbor; where there is power abused, that justice will rectify wrongs; where power is rightly exercised, that it protect the vulnerable and the mistreated.

Such is our calling. Times such as these call for a renewed obedience. Frankly, none of us knows what that obedience will look like. We pledge to pray into that obedience, and invite all members and friends who share our sense of duty to join us. We pray for ourselves, our congregation, our city, our nation, and our leaders. May God lead us into a greater faithfulness, in some tangible ways, so that we might promote social righteousness, and more nearly exhibit the kingdom of heaven to the world.

With Love,

Your Pastors

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