This is the first of three separate statements in which we address this important issue of race. This is the first, renouncing racism. The second will establish a theology of race and reconciliation and the third will provide practical guidance for a path forward. These statements were inspired by much collaboration between a diversity of voices including Black leaders, many ethnicities at ENNYC, and our pastoral team. Our local elders and pastors have read and agree with the content of this statement. A more extensive version is available upon request.
Every Nation NYC categorically condemns racism in every form as contrary to Scripture and an enemy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no room for racism in the church and we are committed to identifying and denouncing racism.
We acknowledge and mourn the tragedies that have been perpetuated against people of color for over 400 years, most egregious in the institution of slavery and extending to the results of racism that exist today. We lament. We feel. We weep. We care. We have and we will continue to repent of any action or inaction of being complicit, vague, or blind toward the hideous sin of racism.
Every Nation NYC, does not affirm the concept of being colorblind. The name of our church expresses our intent and desire to be a community of believers that includes, “every nation, tribe and tongue,” according to Revelation 7:9.
To experience reconciliation and restoration, we are committed to ongoing conversations and deeper understanding with strategic action. We are committed to the Gospel, which has the power to eradicate racism at its source-the human heart.
Our starting point for unity is to value one another as the Imago Dei, the very image of God. This image of God is to be loved regardless of one’s past, status, gender, or ethnicity. God forbid we ever judge anyone, “by the color of their skin but (rather) by the content of their character.”*
As we grow together, we will discover ways we fall short and yet simultaneously live in a community where love, acceptance, and sanctification can occur because of the power of Christ’s cross and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit.
*Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have A Dream Speech