Global Scholars is deeply concerned by the events that have occurred over these past few months in the United States, particularly the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, and the shooting of Breonna Taylor. Sadly, we recognize these events did not occur in a vacuum. They recall the United States’ long history of devaluing human life, which began in colonial times and continued through hundreds of years of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and segregation.
As followers of Christ, we must repent of our sins and lament whenever we see injustice and oppression. Scripture reminds us that events that happened thousands of years ago still matter today — and God continually calls his people to repentance for their collective sin. We are called to weep with those who weep and to seek justice for the oppressed. We cannot dismiss this process of mourning and repentance. Today, we mourn with minority and oppressed communities throughout the United States. We ask, “How long, O Lord?” and we recognize our role in working toward a day when true justice rolls on like a river, and righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Psalm 13, Amos 5:24)
We recognize that each and every person is an image-bearer of and loved by God – and as such we affirm the need for all people to exhibit virtues such as hope, justice, and restraint as practical ways to love one another and seek reconciliation. Thus we affirm the inherent value of all human life from the womb through the end of life. We believe the way we think is very important — and we must continually examine our thoughts and actions in light of the resurrected Christ to make sure they promote human flourishing and build the common good for all people.
In keeping with Global Scholars’ values and mission, we should strive to have a posture of listening and learning, especially to those who are suffering and oppressed. As an organization, we are committed to hearing different voices, examining our perspectives, and seeking the common good, to build rather than to destroy. We encourage you to do the same. We are walking with you in the power of the Spirit on this journey toward true justice and peace. We are asking for hearts that break for the things that break the heart of God. We hope you will join us in lamenting, repenting, and proactively finding ways to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with the triune God (Micah 6:8).