Latino Clergy Caucus responds to Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville

... and what that the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8 (NRSV)

Saturday, August 12, 2017, is a day that many of us will remember for a long time. Unfortunately, it is not a day that we will cherish, but a day to mourn and lament. It is a day where hatred, bigotry and racism took place not only in Charlottesville, Virginia, the state we call home, but it impacted all humanity.

The Latino Clergy Caucus of the Virginia Conference condemns and mourns at the same time. We condemn the evil practices of racism, hatred and bigotry as evil forces. And we mourn each day as we witness across our state, our nation and the world, the victims of these forces.

The words of Micah, these three requirements of the Lord, provide the hope and the assurance that the love of God always prevails. These three requirements are holistic responses reflecting an outward sign (do justice), an inward sign (love kindness), and an upward sign (walk humbly with God).

As Christians, we must seek to do justice. This is not a one-time incident or an incident that just happened overnight. It is perpetual in nature. We cannot ignore injustice anymore and pretend it is not happening, especially now. We must do justice by exposing these evil actions each time we see them. We must speak out against them each and every time. We must show up and join our brothers and sisters of every race and religion that are being affected. We must pray every day.

As Christians we must also love kindness. We must embrace our brothers and sisters that are exposed to bigotry, discrimination and racism. We must teach those who act out of ignorance and fears. We must share to them the love that only Jesus can provide and allow him to use us. We must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. We must pray every day.

As Christians we must walk humbly with our God. This is a description of our attitude toward God. Our attitude to those who do evil is also reflected in how we walk humbly with our God. We must depend on God and know that no level of personal sacrifice can go beyond our commitment to do justice and to love. We must pray every day.

Let us be instruments of peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Let us show the world that there is no place for hate in Virginia, in the nation and in the world. Let us love one another. Let us do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.

--The Latino Clergy Caucus of the Virginia Conference
Click here to download a pdf copy of this statement
(For more information contact the Rev. Victor Gomez at VictorGomez@vaumc.org)

 

 

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