As I sat and watched the news on Sunday evening, my heart sank. Yet another senseless act of violence, and this time here in our own back yard. It got me thinking about how we should respond as believers.
I jotted down three things that we, as followers of Christ, are called to in a time like this:
- Pray for the Sikh community and the families of the victims.
- Find ways to express love and compassion to the Sikh community.
- Be sure that within our span of influence — our families, our church, our workplaces, schools and communities— we do all we can to stand against violence and racial hatred with the love of Christ.
Unfortunately, shootings such as this are becoming commonplace, and we are called to be the difference. We are called to be “salt” and “light.” We are called to be “peacemakers.” As a church, we will be looking at some concrete ways that we might reach out to the Sikh community. For now, I would like to ask you to join me in praying for for the Sikh community and for peace amidst the violence of our society.
Will you commit this to prayer with me? Will you spend concerted time this week praying for these things?
As we gather for worship this next weekend, let’s continue to consider how we might be peacemakers.
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