A STATEMENT ON BLACK LIVES MATTER
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN SUDBURY
Dear PCIS community,
As Christians, we have a moral obligation to do what is right. Our faith teaches us to look at the intrinsic value of all beings rather than their outwardly state. Racism is a socially-constructed disease, which spreads by means of ignorance, fear, and hate. Black lives matter, and that is a universal truth reflected in God's heart for all of His children. That is why we, as a Christian community, must live out and spread the love of God by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
What happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbrey, Trayvon Martin, and countless other African-Americans who were wrongfully-racially profiled because of the color of their skin is indicative of a severe problem that still exists today in the 21st century. Institutionalized racism is deeply ingrained into American society and the law enforcement system, and dismantling it will take time, commitment, faith, and support for societal change.
We encourage you to be proactive. Our faith must stand on the right-side of justice. Have fruitful and reflective conversation with your friends and family. Be conscious of your privilege. Educate yourself and your children with online resources, books, and movies. The PCIS congregation should take advantage of the resources, talents, privilege, and influence we have on the greater community. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it is understandable that not all are able to take action outside their homes. However, the road to social change has many lanes. Even if one lane is going slower, they are still going, and going the same way to get to the same destination.
These are trying and confusing times for everybody, not only with the Black Lives Matter movement, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, economic hardships, and other problems that have unfurled themselves into 2020. However, we as Christians must be faithful and brave so that we may navigate our way through these rough seas. We must never be afraid to place an unknown future into the hands of a known God.
Jesus taught us to protect the oppressed and spread loving-kindness. It can be difficult to understand the perspective of others whose experiences are significantly different from our own; but, to listen to and empathize with those who struggle in today's society is crucial to overcoming racism in societal structures. Small yet loud groups of Christians who spread malice and racism can be frustrating and embarrassing for the greater Christian community. It is easy to feel anger or hate, but it does not do any good during these dark times to be negative despite intentions. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
The PCIS Session