A Response to Injustice

After seeing the video of George Floyd's life senselessly being taken from him, I am grieved, discouraged, and increasingly becoming aware of the deplorable treatment that people of color experience in our nation. As anger rises up inside, the wisdom of James 1:19 says I need to be "quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God."

So for the last week, the church has been listening to the hurt and pain experienced by those around us, praying for them, and seeking God's guidance for words that represent who we are as Christ-followers.

As a church we have to do a better job of teaching the value of every life, and about God's love for all that must be replicated by us the church. Every person is created in the image of God and has equal value.

Mankind is born with a sin nature that leads to unjust treatment, violence, and all sorts of evil. We do not have a social, moral, or political problem, we have a spiritual problem. We have sinful hearts and are separated from a good and holy God. Only through Jesus Christ can we be given a new heart that seeks righteousness.

At Highlands Church we strongly desire to walk arm in arm with those in our church family and our community who are marginalized and those who experience injustice. We take seriously the call of Proverbs 31:8-9 to "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice." (NLT) We're committed to Romans 12:15, to "weep with those who weep," as we listen with ears open to hear and to learn.

The way forward is not through physical violence or destructive words on social media. The call from scripture is to engage in tenderhearted conversations with those whose experiences are different than our own - conversations with Christ at the center.

The grace and comfort found in the arms of our loving Savior Jesus Christ is all-sufficient, and He will bring peace.

All God's best,
Bob Wade
Lead Pastor