The Bishops' Response to Charlottesville
Free Methodists have a mission to love God, love people and make disciples of all nations. We love and embrace all people as we seek to bring wholeness to the world through healthy biblical communities of holy people. Our denomination’s founders spoke and acted against the institution of slavery while also opposing class distinction, and we continue that legacy of opposing racism in the midst of new expressions of hatred and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and other cities and states.
Without a doubt, racism is the pinnacle evidence of evil among humanity. It is pride, hatred, fear, disunity, elitism, ignorance and disrespect of God’s creation and God Himself — all wrapped into one of sin’s many expressions. Free Methodists must work to undermine it, seek justice to prevent it, and love people out of it. It was our original and present call. We categorically condemn any claims from any group committed to white supremacy. Jesus is supreme. We can only be complete in Him, and only by following Him will we arrive at where we need to be and where we deeply long to be.
We commit to respect and seek the flourishing of all persons of all ethnicities, which means all Free Methodists should repudiate the hate and bitterness being fomented by people and groups in the name of the United States or Christianity. We call on government leaders to name and denounce the evils driving the varied white supremacist groups. We call the church to pray for Charlottesville and all people killed, injured or traumatized by this weekend’s tragic events.
Board of Bishops
Free Methodist Church – USA
For further thoughts, visit Bishop Roller's blog...