Dear Northland Family,
The Bible instructs us in Matthew 7:12: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” Romans 12:18 also says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” And, Romans 12:15 tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn”.
The brutal events and unrest of the last several weeks have been devastating for our country and for our community. As God’s people, our hearts break for those that suffer injustice. In particular, the killing of George Floyd by excessive restraining force exerted by a Minneapolis law enforcement officer during his arrest should be condemned as a senseless tragedy.
These events rekindle the heartbreak of countless other injustices that have rocked our country’s foundation to its core. It has released what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. termed “man’s inhumanity to man.” To be clear THESE EVENTS ARE WRONG.
We stand with the African American community as we mourn the death of George Floyd and as we together wrestle with the dark history in our nation of discrimination and oppression by those who see our African American neighbors as less than equal in any way. We declare that such ungodly behavior is unacceptable.
We weep with the families that have endured these senseless losses and we pray for them, we speak against injustice, and we seek restoration and healing so that the Gospel will bring transformation to our nation. We affirm our stand with the lawful protestors who themselves are standing against senseless violence and lawlessness, and we rejoice in the expressed outpouring of peaceful support from all cultural and ethnic groups.
As the Body of Christ, we hold out this hope, that though each of our hearts are desperately wicked, if we allow God to examine our hearts for what grieves Him and seek the Lord in repentance, He will bring healing to our souls and will rebuild our relationships with one another…individually, as a community, and as a nation. We will always seek to fulfill the Great Commandment Jesus gave us in Matthew 22:39 to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Serving Him Together!
The Governing Elders and Pastors