Vancouver Church is determined to help heal the wounds racism has caused. As followers of Jesus, we are grieved when others are treated unjustly. Our goal is to equip, educate and get involved in work that leads to restoration and reconciliation with God and each other. We are dedicated to being a church that engages in the pursuit of RACIAL JUSTICE to the glory of Jesus.
As a church we are looking to honor God in our response to the intense conflict over racial tensions and disparities. This is a process that involves a lot of listening and research to gain a bigger perspective that is fully biblical. Below are resources that are intended to engage us in a wider conversation than many of us have had. They are from several thoughtful perspectives of biblically-committed Christians. Also added are a few resources we believe can be useful in grasping this complex subject. Our hope is that these resources will prove useful in generating healthy conversations among Christians of differing views. Ideally, these conversations result in increased understanding and unity within the body of Christ, even where there may be disagreement. As a unified community, we want to foster compassionate biblical justice – including the issue of racial justice – within the larger church of Jesus, and as much as God would grant in the wider world.
Perhaps you believe you are quite mature, well-versed on the issue of racial justice. If so, please embrace Paul’s exhortation found in Romans 15:1-3 “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: ’The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.’”
WHAT WE BELIEVE
- We believe that we are all created equal in the Image of God.
- Genesis 1:27- So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
- Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
- As His image bearers, we all are to treat each with honor, respect and with love.
- Mark 12:31 – The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
- Romans 12:10 – Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
- We believe, like Jesus, that we must love and take care of the oppressed and marginalized in our society.
- Zechariah 7:9 – “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.”
- Jerimiah 22:3 – “This is what the LORD says: ‘Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor, the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
- We believe that as Jesus followers we are called to pursue and engage in justice and are committed to defend the rights of the oppressed.
- Proverbs 31:8-9 – “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
- Psalm 82:3 – “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and oppressed.”
- We believe God has called us to a ministry of reconciliation, which fails to reach its fulness without the pursuit of racial equality.
- 2 Cor. 5:18-19 – All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
OUR CONCLUSION There is a direct correlation between the historic suppression of People of Color and the opportunities they were denied and their lack of advancement as a community in general. To engage in the pursuit of racial Justice we have decided to engage in the 4 areas that have had the most historic impact on the lives of people of Color.
Create an opportunity for students to receive tutoring and resources to increase higher education opportunities.
Walk next to a student to help them discover their full potential.
Connect students and their families to employment and career advancement.
Discover the needs of the families of the students who are identified in need and connect them with resources.
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