To be witnesses to the resurrection we must utter our 'No' to state-sanctioned violence, racism, oppression, injustice, and all that endangers life and creation.
Revivalism is a very American way of responding to social crisis. The revivals of the Second Great Awakening called for conversion to Jesus that went beyond personal piety and the promise of heaven.
By turning swords into plowshares and guns into garden tools, we’re advocating for an altogether different approach to violence in our country. An approach that elevates the Sermon on the Mount over the 2nd Amendment.
What makes more sense for us as Christians is to pause and consider why our government refuses to consider looking at altering even the tiniest bit of gun legislation, and yet, seems surprised and grief-stricken as these horrors continue happening.
We write this open letter in hope that you will be true to the promise of your public statement about why Rev. Martin was removed this week and in greater hope that America might experience a moral revival.