Bishop James C. Hash, Sr.
I have great concern over the senseless shootings that have occurred in our country, many deaths that could have been avoided. Recently, two civilians were violently murdered. Then on the following day innocent, non-violent protesters had their message shattered by an execution-style attack on the very law enforcement officers that were assigned to protect them. When people fail to respect one another, finding no value in human life, without healthy regard for themselves, their family, or their community, we are all in trouble! Regardless of our differences, in order to live in harmony we must respect one another.
Why can’t people see that these tragic murders are destroying our families? All of the victims, despite their differences, had much in common. Each person that was killed died senselessly leaving behind grieving families, friends, and communities.
We are all very much alike, yet uniquely different! That’s God’s plan for us; we must learn to celebrate and embrace our differences. However, difference does not mean deficit. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.”
We must realize that this affects all our lives in some way. Let’s show love to the families of all who tragically lost their lives. Likewise, we should respond in love even to the families of those who committed these criminal acts. This is not a time for more violence or vengeance. Those responses can only lead to more hurt. In order for this nation to be truly healed, we must come together in forgiveness and prayer!
I appeal to you to PRAY for our government officials as they handle the investigations that follow. In addition, I ask everyone in our communities to exemplify Christ in your conversations and actions. Let us respect one another, and support the laws that uphold righteousness, always following after the ways of peace. Continue to pray for our families, our communities, and our country.
II Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.