Calvary Baptist Church
Statement on the death of George Floyd
We grieve the sad death of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody on May 25, 2020. We grieve his passing and extend our deepest condolences to his family, and to a sad and divided nation.
While we mourn his passing, we recognize that this is not an isolated event. This incident is part of our sad history of violence against citizens of color that began with slavery, continued through the Jim Crow era, and persists to this day.
We thank God for establishing government as an institution designed for our good and we honor those law enforcement officers that bravely risk their lives for our protection. Members of our church faithfully serve on the NYPD and we have teenaged kids in our youth group that worry for their parents.
However, we condemn violence. We are against all violence against all citizens. We mourn this death, its excessive force, and its unconstitutional violation of the civil rights of an unarraigned, unconvicted citizen. We avidly seek an end to injustice based on race, creed, color.
The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that human beings are created in the image of God. All human beings are created equal in the image of God and therefore we reject racism and repudiate the notion of white superiority as heretical and wrong. We affirm life and endorse the idea that from conception, all human beings--- male and female, of all ethnicities and colors, are sacred in the sight of God and therefore deserve honor and respect.
The Scriptures further denounce murder, showing favoritism, unjust scales for weighing matters, and injustice to all especially the weak and impoverished. These things are a reproach to any nation that condones them or silently ignores them. Rather we are called to love God and love our neighbor and to treat others as we ourselves desire to be treated. The prophet says,
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Therefore, as a matter of Christian conscience and in obedience to our Lord, we cannot remain silent when fellow citizens, our brothers and sisters, or unchurched friends are mistreated, abused, or killed unnecessarily.
Therefore, we pray for our local, state, and national leaders to seek justice, love, kindness and act diligently to end this destructive behavior and set a new course for this nation, that at long last, the sons and daughters of former slaves and the sons and daughters of former slave owners may sit down together at the table of brotherhood. As a community of faith, we stand ready to accomplish these ends. We implore our members to step up to the challenge: Pray. Speak. Act.
May God give us favor and bless our efforts.