DAY FOUR: Let Us Stand Against This Scourge

“We are not a church that stands by silently in the face of hatred, violence or tragedy in the world.” — Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, April 29, 2019

“We find ourselves, like the psalmist, crying out to God that ‘the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary’ (Psalm 74:3b). We know that these incidents, together with others, are not isolated. They are linked through a tangled web of religious bigotry, violence, hatred and white supremacy that is meant to divide us—from each other and from God.

“Therefore, our actions to address anti-Semitism must oppose all deadly workings in our midst. This is hard work but also holy work. An attack on one faith community is an attack on all. As a sign of God’s liberating promise, let us stand against this scourge by standing together. May it be so.”

This post is part of the ELCA’s “60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence.”