Pastor Dennis' Letter

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I pray that you are staying well and observing the safety precautions recommended for us during this scary time of the coronavirus. Please do not become complacent as places begin opening and people once again congregate in crowds. Wear a mask and keep a safe distance from each other.

The main reason for this email is to express the sadness, hurt and disappointment that I am feeling personally over two recent events: the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and George Floyd in Minnesota. I know that you are distressed also.

When it comes to racism, the writing of laws will facilitate accountability for those who perpetrate acts of racist inhumanity against others - I get that. However, laws alone cannot be the complete answer. It seems like after each terrible killing more laws are written without much effect. The law needs to be the schoolmaster/mistress that leads us to just living.

There needs to be a change of heart within us to eradicate racism. Each of us needs to search deep within ourselves with God's help and ask for the removal of all hatred, intolerance and superiority. "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Pride of race, face and place all need to go!

I heard it said that there has long been another deadly virus among us (racism) that is cruelly ending the lives of people who look different from us. A different kind of pandemic to be sure.

I am the grandfather of two biracial boys who are fine, upstanding gentlemen. I love them very much. Every time I hear about the senseless killing of someone like them, I feel a little of the desperate fear that mothers and fathers and families of black men experience.

Change must come immediately and the church needs to be at the forefront of such change.

Yours in Christ,