We long for the restoration of justice for the poor and disadvantaged in our city and world. We want to use our resources generously for the kingdom of God to advance in our city. We see our presence in the Fillmore as God’s call for us to be light and salt - to love our neighbors (Mark 12:31).
Like many of you, we see the racial injustice and prevailing inequality of our times. We are grieving with the Black community and recognize that great pain has been caused by the sin of our nation. We stand in solidarity with the Black community as we pray for systemic changes in our country. As followers of Christ, we view these events, from the killings of Black victims to the subsequent protests, as a painful reminder of the fall of mankind and the sin of racism. More than ever, as followers of Christ, we are called to be ministers of reconciliation through the Gospel. Because of the Gospel, and through Christ, we can break down walls of hostility and find true restoration.
As a community, we are committed to walk humbly for the long-run and not just for the short-term. We understand that we have so much to learn. We want to grow in our understanding of justice through God’s Word to have a strong biblical foundation guide both our repentance and our response. We ultimately believe that our desire for justice comes from the very heart and character of God.
It is vital that we learn about Kingdom justice and understand how Jesus intersects with our current cultural climate. But our faith must be responsive. A faith that is moved by His heart will be moved into action (James 2:14-17). The areas below are only a starting point. We understand that Kingdom justice and reconciliation are part of the long journey that we are all called to. We hope and pray we will grow in our response as a church. With that in mind, please check back on this page periodically for updates.
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White by Daniel Hill
American’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma
Oneness Embraced: Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and How We are Stronger Together by Tony Evans
Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Podcast with Cami King
Podcast focused on today’s issues within the African American Community from a Biblical View