To our Lighthouse Family,
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39
Our hearts are broken over the events of the last few weeks that have revealed the hateful injustice of sin that exists in our world. So much hate, violence, pain, and destruction.
We don’t have all the tangible answers but we do know that the love of Jesus is THE answer. So, our prayer for is that we would fight for love. Love over hate, fear, and accusation. Love over anything else. That we would fight to love those who think differently than we do, who are from different backgrounds, who hold different views than we do. That we would love others above ourselves with a love so pure that the only explanation for it is that it comes from Jesus.
For our black brothers and sisters, we love you and are so sorry for your pain that has been caused by hate. Our prayer is for the love of God to overshadow that in a way that nothing else can. May it start in our hearts, our homes, and our church.
To everyone hurting, afraid, and affected by the many different “down-lines” of all of this: we love you. And we aim to be a safe place to consider, pray, and seek God together for hope and transformation.
As a church, we will aim to create different resources for us all to continue to go through this moment with God. This will include daily prayer meetings focusing primarily on the topic of injustice toward the marginalized, daily resources of articles, sermons, and books that lend themselves to understanding God’s heart toward injustice, as well as other LCC ministries creating space to think and process.
We know these small actions are not enough to change everything but they are starting points. We invite you, LCC Family, to not turn a blind eye to this moment but to welcome God into this wherever you are and however you feel. Seek after God’s heart and God’s response to instruct our thinking and actions.
The LCC Leadership Team