June 1, 2020
Dear BCC family and neighbors,
Bedford Community Church believes every person is created in the image of God and is dearly loved by Him. We hold to the Biblical Christian belief that we are to love God by loving our neighbor as ourselves. We condemn racism as the antithesis of this love. Racism, whether demonstrated by an individual or as part of a larger system of influence, is sin.
The wrongful deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minnesota illustrate severe and ongoing racial injustices in our nation. We cannot love others as we are commanded and tolerate these injustices. The love of Christ compels us to end racism in all forms and towards all people to ensure peace and justice. It also compels us to mourn the injustice that our brothers and sisters of color have suffered for far too long. We must take this seriously and personally because our Savior does.
Bedford Community Church both desires and is called by God to reflect the communities it serves in the composition of its leadership and its congregation. Further, Bedford Community Church is committed to ensuring that people of every ethnic background are fully loved members of this local church body. We are not naïve to the challenges inherent in living out this calling, but we understand that Jesus gave His followers the command to love one another without condition or exception. We will not compromise in pursuit of this.
On May 31, we publicly called the church to pray against racial injustice. There are church leaders, including some in our region, on record as saying that “prayer is not enough” in the face of racial injustice. This is not true. Genuine, concerted prayer is the most powerful action a church can take. Genuine prayer listens to the heart of the Father and responds in action that advances His kingdom of love and peace. This type of prayer guides and empowers action. Still, we confess that praying against racial injustice has not been a regular part of our personal prayer life prior to these recent atrocities. We repent of this sin of omission. We will pray against racial injustice and we urge you to join us.
Open and honest discussion about race and racial injustice may never become easy, but it must become regular within our church family. We write this in a spirit of openness, and are thankful to work and to worship with each of you.
With hope in the transforming power of our Savior,
Jeff Quinn - Interim Lead Pastor
Bedford Community Church Staff and Board of Elders