Faith Presbyterian's Resolve Against Racism
Submitted as a response to the call for personal credos, the following are how different members of the Faith congregation are choosing to confess what they believe and how they resolve to eradicate racism with their whole heart, mind, and soul.
I believe that God created all of us and loves us equally. I also believe that anything that separates the community of God's children, that disparages any group of God's children, that causes purposeful harm or pain to any group of God's children, is an evil creation of man, is a sin against God, and must be eradicated by man if we are to truly follow God's calling. I confess that I have fallen short of lifting up all of God's children all of the time. I commit that I will not turn away from the shame or ignorance of past injustices. I will actively work to change the future so that the poor, the powerless, and the non-white peoples can share in the opportunity, love, and blessings of this world and not be relegated to an unending wait to be held in esteem on earth as they are in heaven.
I resolve to continue to not vote for and not support politicians who do not advocate for social justice. I resolve to continue to not vote for and not support politicians who do not acknowledge that systemic racism is real. I resolve to recognize that systemic racism is baked into our systems of history, education, health care, justice, finance, and other systems. I resolve to become better informed. I resolve to recognize that as an older, white person, I benefit from systemic racism without my approval and sometimes without my knowledge. I resolve to take my part of ownership of this problem. Finally, I resolve to seek to find Jesus in the midst of our national and world issues.
Gayle Swedmark Hughes
All men (and women) are truly created equal, although they are not treated equally. I have seen some evolution of equality in my lifetime but not nearly enough. I resolve to do my part in eliminating bias by refusing to take part in segregated clubs and associations and to cease doing business with any racist company or personal service person. I look forward to the time when race is not even an issue and needs no comment or notice.
I believe that all people, all races are created by God and are equal in His eyes. We all deserve to be treated with respect, fairness, and compassion. Therefore, I do resolve to contemplate on this belief more often in my day to day life and also try to use my voice when witnessing disrespect and unfairness.
I believe that all people should be treated equally and fairly because we were all created by God and we all bleed red no matter what our skin color may be. When I look at a person I look for what is on the inside of the person. All people deserve respect and consideration. God tells us to love everyone.
I believe that all people are created in the image of God and are deserving of dignity, kindness, and respect. I believe that no one should be discriminated against based on the color of their skin, and I commit to learning more about all of the ways in which that can manifest itself. I commit to recognizing my own personal biases and my own privilege, so that I can strive to correct my mistakes and work more actively toward social justice. I commit to teaching my children that the diversity of God's people should be respected and celebrated and welcomed and included, and I pray that they will do even more to create a just world for all.
I believe God loves all of humanity which means that racism is a sin against God. I believe that advancements have been made in the eradication of racism yet racism and it's shameful legacy continues today in our churches, community and world. I confess that in the past I have been unconscious about much of the ongoing unfair and unjust treatment of people of color. I confess that I have had opportunities in the past to speak truth to power and call out acts of racism that I have witnessed, but did not speak out for fear of being rejected by white peers. I resolve to be more conscious of the ongoing unjust treatment of people of color and to call out the sin of racism whenever and wherever I see it. I further resolve to work towards the building of God's kingdom on earth by helping to foster brotherhood and sisterhood between Christians of all colors, so that as the body of Christ we may be made whole.
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