The loss of all who have lost their lives due to racialized violence. The Church must take these injustices personally, and take initiative to expel racial hatred and partiality from our society.
As Christians, we are to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ first and foremost (Matthew 28:16-20). That truth takes nothing away from God’s expectation that we will pursue justice and righteousness in society on His behalf (Isaiah 59:15-16; Micah 6:8; Luke 4:18).
Right doctrine without righteous conduct is unfaithfulness (James 2:14-26). Accordingly, to be silent or inactive on racism is immoral. In response to vain worship, the Lord told ancient Israel, “Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream.” (Amos 5:23-24). Part of God’s plan for justice is that those who know Him would seek justice in and with their lives. This is not an extracurricular to the Christian life, but at its core. Any theology or ideology that minimizes or denies the importance of justice in social context is unbiblical and must be rejected as such. As Biblical Christians, the truth and authority of Scripture makes the pursuit of justice for our neighbors a mandatory part of the Christian life. (Isaiah 1:17; Isaiah 56:1; Luke 10:25-37).
This is a defining moment for the American Church. Society needs to know where we stand on racial injustice in no uncertain terms. It’s time to pray and act.