The events of the past several weeks following the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have rightfully compelled our nation to further expose and condemn racism. Far too many people have suffered and died due to racism over the years. We must join together in unity to stand against racism in all of its forms. This process must begin with an acknowledgement that it still exists, despite the heroic efforts of the many great men and women who have campaigned against it for over 150 years.
Central Union Mission is a Christian organization that serves the poor, equally and without conditions of religion, race, gender or any other characteristic. We believe all people are created in the image and likeness of God, and we strive to treat all people with love, dignity and respect. Therefore, we oppose racism in all of its forms and believe it is sinful, unacceptable and antithetical to the teaching of Christ.
We acknowledge that ending the racism that exists in our society is not a small task, and we know the battle will not be won on some distant frontier, nor by politicians, the media, the courts nor through protests. While all of these things may serve a purpose, we know that the only lasting remedy will be a change in the hearts of men and women. At Central Union Mission, we believe all people can experience this transformation through an authentic, deep encounter with Jesus Christ. In response to His love, we have the capacity to love others. This change needs to take place within ourselves, our communities, our churches, our workplaces and in our homes. Indeed, we are called by Christ to love God and love our neighbor. “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
We pray that a Holy moment will arise out of the present dialogue in America, and hearts will be led to Christ, and we pray that God will bring healing, justice and peace to all who suffer.