The Elders of South City Church adopted this statement Monday June 1st, 2015
South City Church (SCC) is an uncommon family, in the city, united by the Gospel. In light of the recent tension and strife in our city related to race, the leadership of SCC desires to encourage its members and to be a faithful public witness in this arena. Consequently, the Elders of South City Church hereby adopt the following Statement on Racism:
- God created us ALL in his image (Genesis 1:27). Despite this, some hold that people of one color or another are somehow not full image bearers. We reject such thoughts and associated behaviors.
- God does not show partiality (Romans 2:11). Despite this, some hold that one color can be superior and another inferior. We reject such thoughts and associated behaviors.
- Racism is sin (James 2:9). We acknowledge that there has historically been and continues to be racism in our city. Sometimes it has been easily recognized, such as slavery; and sometimes it is more discreet, such as by customs, laws, and systems that are not fair to all. We should be active in our community for the peaceful elimination of racism in all its forms.
- We ALL sin and need the Gospel (Romans 3:23). This is true for police, protestors, criminals, politicians, and judges… all community members are called to repentance and forgiveness (Matthew 6:12)
- All Christians are one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). This unity does not mean uniformity; we have cultural differences that are best celebrated, not despised.
- There is hope. There will be a day when racism ends and every tribe stands before the throne united in worship of the risen Christ (Rev 7:9). Until then, God commands us to love one another (John 13:34). We should do so. Love will conquer hate (Proverbs 10:12).
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Here is a scan of the dated statement with signatures.