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". Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT)
Beloved, Willow Street Church of God and our friends are deeply troubled by the searing images being shown from Minneapolis.
As Pastor, I am speaking out against the senseless killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Michael Brown. Such tragedies require our voices, votes, and accountability. I am reminded of Martin Luther King Jr's quote; "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people."
Praise God that we will never become silent.
I’m extremely troubled and disturbed by these horrific events. Yet, I’m hopeful and believe that the heart of the gospel is the road to both healing and hope during these challenging times. Additionally, I agree with Dr. Renee Harrison from Howard University, in an abundantly clear statement that "Real strategies can change systemic and institutional realities which we often fail to dig deeper into to solve".
Beloved, may we always speak up when we witness injustice, bullying, racism, hatred, and abuse. Jesus is our example in standing up for others and speaking the heart of the gospel. I am grateful to be part of the Long Beach Ministers Alliance movement that is passionate about influencing policy changes and accountability. Likewise, each of us is empowered to influence our communities and leaders to remember others and not operate in selfish mandates.
Mahatma Gandhi stated, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world". Make the change and never be silent.
Lloyd Harrison, Jr