Baptist Association Statement on Death of George Floyd

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Dear Editor:

The death of Mr. George Floyd reignites our indignation, as ALL LIVES MATTER. As leaders, we cannot remain silent as senseless acts such as this occur. Rather, we lift our voices in protest against police brutality, recognizing that the actions of the few do not outweigh the many positive attributes of upstanding men and women who wear blue and serve citizens well.

Further, we do not support looting or any form of inappropriate reaction such as destruction of property or ignorant tweeting that incites more violence. These behaviors are contrary to the Biblical injunction to be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26). Similarly, we are appalled at how the privileged continue to abuse social justice systems as is the case in the recent Central Park (N.Y.) incident.

Be it known that the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland Baptist Association stands with any and all organizations which promote the elimination of police brutality against all humans, especially black men, as they are disproportionately and inappropriately the continual victims.

We strongly encourage all who believe in our triune God to pray that He moves on the hearts and minds of humankind, turn what is meant for evil to good, and move by His Spirit that His children humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways (II Chronicles 7:14).

Rev. Milton P. Bunting, Moderator
Rev. Dr. Lisa C. Johnson,
Commissioner for Social Justice
Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland Baptist Association