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Posted On 06/10/2020

Racism Response

our response to racial injustice

We are outraged and deeply saddened by racism. Furthermore, as a church, we condemn it.

We know that we all come from different perspectives. There are many details that can be debated. However, this is what is obvious: there is racial inequality in our nation. To deny this is to justify it. So, what should we do? 

First step: care

We ask that you would lean in and listen to people who are a different color than you. When you feel like you are beginning to understand, lean in and listen even more.

In Philippians 2|3-4, followers of Christ are told to put others first: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

For those of you who have experienced racial injustice, we would like you to know that we are listening, and we see your pain.

Romans 12|15 says to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” We are mourning with you and looking forward to rejoicing with you as one family. 

Second step: conversation 

You may want to just shut off the TV and delete social media, but it’s important that we lean in is as followers of Christ and not run from the conversation when our society needs our influence the most. 

Understanding and compassion can’t happen without an open conversation. And, we want the discussion to continue, so you will hear more from us soon about our upcoming round table conversation focusing on racism.

About The Author

Grant Agler

Teaching Pastor/Communications Champion Central

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Grant is our resident farmboy. He grew up in the cornfields of northwest Nebraska. He spent his early days living far from God. As Grant says, "I gave God the middle finger and didn't really care about faith at all." As a young man, he became convinced that God was real. He gave his life to Jesus and experienced God's amazing grace that previously made no sense to him. After experiencing that grace, Grant felt God calling him to teach the message of the gospel. Over the past 20 years, he has been preaching and teaching. Grant, his wife, Bethany, and their four children moved to Michigan in 2011, and he joined the 2|42 team in 2019. Grant is always good for a laugh, but more importantly, he explains biblical concepts in ways anyone can understand.
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