George Floyd, the gospel, and our response

Those who personally identify with the social situation that created the conditions for the death of Mr. George Floyd are left feeling vulnerable and afraid… Too often they find deafening silence or even worse, a voice of rebuke from church members who feel it’s out of place for them to express their lament. To affirm Christian love and the solidarity Christ prayed would mark his Church (John 17:20–23), we must give voice to these undeniable injustices.

Our acknowledgment must transcend the social scientists and cultural commentators of our day. Our critique must rise to the level of the gospel. This is true precisely because we are gospel people, and this is a gospel issue. Injustice is always a matter of the gospel revealing our blind spots and exposing our theological deficiencies. The holes in our gospel can only be remedied in Christ as we have our hearts reformed by his Word and filled with his grace.

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This post appeared on June 2, 2020 on Made to, a network of pastors who seek to encourage and resource each other to integrate faith, work, and economic wisdom for the flourishing of our communities. The author is Chris Brooks who serves as senior pastor for Woodside Bible Church. Chris earned a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State and a M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry in Theology and Economics from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has also received certifications from Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics and Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.