A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
August 12, 2017: In Response to the Events in Charlottesville, Virginia
August 12, 2017
On Sunday morning, I encourage and expect you to speak the Gospel truth. The events in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend highlight the racism and fear present in our country and communities.
The following bullet points can provide a path forward that you may incorporate into your message:
- The carrying of Nazi flags is evil. That flag is a symbol of an evil, failed state that brutally killed more than six million Jews and countless Romani people, homosexuals and others judged to be inferior. Those who sacrificed their lives in World War II defeated that evil. It truly is un-American to carry the flag for an evil dictatorship that our country defeated.
- Gospel correctness calls out “evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” This refers to one of the questions in our baptism liturgy.
- Sunday morning is an opportunity to “take thou authority” and speak the Gospel truth.
- Highlight the persistent sins of racism and fear, and note that discrimination in all its forms is a sin.
- Decry instilling fear in others. This strategy is counterproductive to achieving reconciliation and peace.
- We are all united in Christ, which crosses all boundaries of race, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, socioeconomic class, etc.
- We ask for prayers for the victims of the car attack on protesters and their families. Also, we pray for intentional, loving steps toward healing and reconciliation in our communities and country.
I have your back. Speak pastorally and prophetically.
I will issue a detailed statement next week.