Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This last weekend, the entire country saw the face of hate in Charlottesville, Virginia. 3 lives were lost and dozens more were injured. A white supremacist and domestic terrorist running down protestors with his car has forced the nation to see an ugliness that some might want to pretend no longer exists.
We are clear—racism is a sin that distorts the soul, separating people from each other and from God. Racism always does violence, even if only sometimes it is physically manifested.
The roots of this weekend’s events are deep and stretch beyond one event and one place. It takes far more than condemning one incident to dismantle the injustices and everyday violence of racism.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to proclaim, “recovery of sight for the blind and to set the oppressed free.” Anti-racism work is gospel ministry and it is the calling of every person who would call themselves a disciple of Christ.
We know that this isn’t easy work and won’t happen overnight, but it is work that is crucial to the soul of our churches and our communities.
The New Baptist Covenant will not stop fighting for racial justice. Will you stand with us?
The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Us,