At High Rock Church, we are deeply saddened by the recent acts against African Americans and by what African Americans have suffered through the generations. The events have made very vivid the unique pain and challenges that African Americans in the U.S. experience on a regular basis.
Recent events over the Fourth of July weekend hit close to home as we saw despicable acts of hatred, violence, and cruelty targeting a black man because of the color of his skin. It is shocking and repulsive when we see these things still happening, and happening in our own town. We know that these acts bring up strong and painful emotions in many people. We support our black brothers and sisters and continue to affirm, as we always have, the great need for love and unity between all races as the Bible states.
We continue to confirm what our affirmation of Bible beliefs and values has always stated:
"We, as a multi-ethnic church family, are a church committed to love and unity among people of many cultures, races, and nations together in Christ. Our command from Jesus is to reach all nations with the gospel, so we seek to heal the wounds caused by the sin of racism and division. The church best represents Jesus' intention when made up of every race and ethnicity in one united family."
To those who have suffered, we want you to know that Jesus is one who can sympathize with you. If you seek him, you will find him. We are also here for you as a church. While not perfect like Jesus, his followers aim to extend his love and compassion in tangible ways here and now.