The recent events of barefaced racism that has taken place across the country; more recently with the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minnesota Police Department has lit an intense flame across the country. While it is within our responsibility as Christians to respond to injustice everywhere, the manner in which we respond is crucial.
As followers of Christ we are required to “follow peace with all men” (Hebrews 12:14). I am asking as a community faith leader in Utah and Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City that we measure our concentrated response to these tragic events peacefully.
We are at a crucial moment in history where the disenfranchised are, in the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, Sick and tired of being sick and tired. Dr. William A. Smith coined this feeling Racial Battle Fatigue.
Violence will not solve this problem. This is the time to redirect our energy towards honest and hard conversations to change policies that have been established that fail marginalized people.
Because of Him,
Dr. Oscar T. Moses
Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church