At LFF, our foundation is predicated upon a profound respect for the inherent value and dignity of every human life. All human life bears one remarkable image, that of Almighty God.
Our commitment to this foundational principle leads us to mourn the deaths of George Floyd, the numerous police officers killed during the events of this past week, and those protestors/bystanders impacted. We grieve with each of their families, friends, and communities over their loss and we are deeply troubled by circumstances of injustice which exist on our watch.
Still, violence prompted by sincere expressions of fear, anger, or frustration are unacceptable. “The ultimate weakness of violence", said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. ... In fact, violence merely increases hate... Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars."
Scripture says it this way: He that condemns the just, and he that justifies the wicked; both are an abomination to the Lord. ~Prov 17:15
We turn towards the pain and suffering and join with our brothers and sisters in seeking justice, healing, and, where necessary, change.
We also hold that America is an "experiment in liberty" which relies heavily upon the rule of law -- a law which must suppress evil and, as such, we stand in solidarity with law enforcement officers who are tasked with containing violence or rioting, and taming discord.
We strongly oppose perpetuating the hurt by adding to the number of the families who grieve and the destruction of personal property. This will only divert attention from the urgent cry for change. We call upon all parties to mutually embrace a 'respect life' ethic and seek the gracious healing of Almighty God.
Accordingly, we invite you to join me in the following prayer and blessing over every family impacted, our nation, and world:
Father, open our eyes and show us how our lives may fulfill your call to “seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You” (Micah 6:8).
Holy Spirit, we ask you to examine our hearts, our past acts and attitudes, and grant us the gift of repentance for the sins of omission and co-mission.
Father, we ask for Your wisdom to teach us how to love, honor, and walk alongside those who have been the recipients of injustice, violence, and oppression, especially the most aggrieved now. Show us how to bring Your grace to a state and nation that are deeply hurting. Enable us to enact change in a manner that glorifies You. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.
Blessings to you,
Gene Mills President Louisiana Family Forum
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