In our services this weekend, Pastor Mark will be sharing an update in the light of what's been happening in America and how we want to stand together against racism. In the meantime, Mark has written about God’s hatred for racism and his compassion and love towards the oppressed and afflicted. You can read more below:
“In the light of the recent, dreadful incident of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black gentleman in Minneapolis, America, I wanted to say something to the church, as I know that many of us will have been affected in some way. This terrible incident has triggered widespread protests, with many accompanied by violence and rioting – and it has raised again, the evils of racial hatred in our society.
I have been shocked and appalled by the footage I have seen and it’s not right! No one regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, or age should be treated in such a brutal manner and it’s not what we should see happening in our society today. My heart breaks for George Floyd’s family and friends, and my prayers are for them at this time.
The Bible reveals that God is just and hates injustice. He is just in all his ways, and he stands with the oppressed, he hears the heart of those that are afflicted, and as Christians so should we. Everyone deserves the right to dignity and respect, no matter what colour of their skin.
Here at MKCC, we believe that every life matters before God, that every life is equal before God, and that every life is important and valued by God. This reminds us to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world and here in the UK who need our prayers right now because of the injustice of racial inequality. The bible tells us in James 5:16 that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.
Firstly, I want to encourage us to pray earnestly:
Pray for the peace of God to be with the family and friends of George Floyd.
Pray for justice and change.
Pray for justice to prevail in the government, judicial and legal systems, and evil men and women would be held accountable for their actions.
Pray for the police.
Pray for stability and peace to come in America, and for the violence and for the rioting to cease.
Pray for God’s kingdom to come and swallow up the evils of racism. May God’s beautiful diverse and all-inclusive kingdom rush in like a flood.
Secondly, we should look for practical ways to minister:
Where we can show love - let’s show love.
Where we can work for peace - let’s work for peace.
Where we can show forgiveness - let’s show forgiveness.
Where we can act justly - let's act justly and encourage others to do the same.
Where we can show grace and understanding.
Where we can bring the gospel of hope. Let’s all play our part and not be silent.”
Senior Pastor – Milton Keynes Christian Centre
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