In response to recent events in our country, the Paster and Deacons of the Dunstable Church makes the following statements.
- Violence, including all violence committed in the name of political ideals and all violence committed in Jesus’ name as occurred in the events of this week.
- Racism (individual and structural), the continuing presence of which we were painfully reminded of by the sight of a noose at the demonstrations. We understand the reality that the loss of life would likely have been much greater at the demonstrations if the protesters were a different race.
- The combining of Christianity with national or political ideology which some of the images from the protests demonstrated. The power of the kingdom of God is not tied to partisan political power.
- The peacemaking role of the followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to seek the peace of the places where we live and proclaim a message of peace.
- The value and dignity endowed by God on each and every individual.
- The need for civil political discourse and the Christian prophetic voice of truth, spoken in love and without rancor.
We commit to:
- Allowing love to be the foundation of our interaction with everyone, those with whom we agree and those with whom we disagree.
- Growing in recognition of personal and congregational sin and responding in humble lament and repentance.
- Seeking actively for the common good, for unity, for reconciliation, and for justice in our world through prayer and deed.
We encourage our church community to pray for a peaceful transfer of power and for healing and peace in our country and world. May our words and actions in this new year reflect a deeper understanding of the grace and mercy of Jesus and the love and justice of his kingdom which we are called to build with him on earth as in heaven. May nothing be on the throne of our lives other than Jesus Christ the Lord
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.