Dear PCA Parents, Friends, and Alumni,
The killing of George Floyd has shaken all of us to the core as we, as a nation, and as individuals grapple once again with the plague of racial injustice. Our hearts cry out with the Psalmist, “How Long, O Lord?” It is another chapter in a very long book of people who have suffered and died because of their skin color. And while #ICANTBREATHE is trending now, it is not new; the history of injustice reaches back throughout time. I think we all cringe at the thought that these deaths and others like them will slowly fade into the news cycle only to see another death happen in the future.
I have been reminded of Jesus’ words right before His betrayal in John 17. This monumental passage often called the High Priestly prayer, is one of the few times in the Gospels that we have a peek into the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. In this prayer, Jesus is praying for Himself, praying for His apostles, and praying for all New Testament believers who form the church. In John 17:20-21, Jesus asks that those who call themselves followers of Christ would be one, just as Jesus and the Father are one. His reasoning is startling: He desired oneness among those who love Him so that the world would believe that God sent Jesus as the Savior of the world. Jesus is saying that our love for one another will be a witness to the world that He brought reconciliation between God and mankind.
At Plymouth Christian, we want our students to understand that every person is made in the image of God—a truth that should drive us to seek justice for all. We also want to reflect God’s love to the world around us. But what does that look like, especially given the hatred all around us?
Officer Chris Swanson beautifully illustrated this during the protest march in Flint this past week. He asked a crowd of marchers what he could do, and they responded, “Walk with us.” And that’s what he did.
Ephesians 4:15 exhorts believers to “speak the truth in love” and point the way to Christ. Only Christ can bring reconciliation and peace. Only Christ can take brokenness and make it beautiful. Only Christ.
We stand together as a community of believers who love Jesus and love one another.
It is our prayer that the Lord conforms us to the image of His Son, teaching us to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him.