|To the beloved Bel Air Church family,|
Many in our nation, city, and church are hurting tonight as the senseless death of George Floyd is just the latest in a long line of brutality perpetrated by those in power against those without.
On behalf of the pastoral team in our church, we want to speak with clarity and conviction against any abuse of power against those in the black, brown, and other marginalized communities.
We also want to speak with clarity and conviction against violent retaliation towards those in the police and civic community.
In seeking to be obedient to Jesus, we want to call on everyone in our church family to do two things tonight – pray and see.
Would you pray for those in our nation, city, and church who have experienced marginalization and injustice because of the color of their skin?
Would you pray for those who don’t feel like they have a voice regardless of how loud they speak?
Would you pray for the parents who are trying to teach their kids to love as Jesus loves, despite the hate all around?
Would you pray for the business owners and residents who fear for their lives and property?
Would you pray for the police officers and firefighters who don’t abuse their power and are instead seeking to serve and protect?
Would you pray that the strongholds of sin be broken in Jesus’ name in our lives, in our relationships, and in our systems?
Would you see those in our city and church who have experienced marginalization?
Would you see those in our city and church who feel like they don’t have a voice?
Would you see parents in our city and church trying to teach their kids to love like Jesus loves while marching peacefully or praying tearfully?
Would you see business owners and residents in our city and church who are in fear?
Would you see police officers and firefighters who love citizens enough to put themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect?
Would you see the strongholds of sin that need to be broken in your own life, in your relationships, and in the systems you participate in?
Finally, we are reminded of this passage where the Apostle Paul reminds us of our calling as ambassadors for Christ and ministers of reconciliation:
“From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:16–21
On the eve of Pentecost, would you prayerfully see your role in being an ambassador for Christ and minister of reconciliation?
Now, more than ever, our city needs us, as the church, to embody Christ.
Let’s pray and see now with confidence in Jesus our King,