As Christ-followers, we acknowledge Scripture as both our guide and standard in all areas of life. In response to the recent events across the U.S., TBC as a church affirms the following beliefs and actions, based on our commitment to living out a biblical understanding of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God:
"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31
We have a commission from Jesus Christ that supersedes our commitment to any organization, special interest group, or party; we will continue to "bring God's kingdom to the community." We desire to reduce our society's polarization by modeling and working toward making our congregation and our community a place that shows love for all of our neighbors, as described in this passage. Especially in this time of intense discord, we will seek to love people of all backgrounds and races through Jesus Christ's gospel of compassion, forgiveness, grace and peace.
"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
"If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." 1 Corinthians 12:26
"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28
We live in a country that is founded on the ideals of freedom of religion, liberty, and justice for all. We believe God created all of us - every color, race, tribe, people, in His image. We are equally treasured and loved by God. We confess that as individuals, churches, and as a nation, our actions have not always demonstrated that God treasures all people equally. As a result:
- We renounce racism in all of its forms.
- We mourn with black Americans who have been treated unjustly and inhumanely in our society.
- We acknowledge our Biblical responsibility to work for justice for all oppressed peoples.
- We repent of any part we've had, individually or collectively, in knowingly or unknowingly creating or furthering systems that promote injustice.
"Blessed are the peacemakers." Matthew 5:9
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13
We have deep respect for public servants whose call is to protect and serve. We recognize that many are called to this profession and serve with dignity, honoring all people and thus honoring their role to protect and serve. We stand with public servants, including police and first responders who exhibit this high calling.
Because we are called to represent the good of Jesus, and to bring His kingdom to our neighborhoods, we stand together in these principles as ambassadors of reconciliation. There are many ways to work toward justice. We affirm any measure toward God-honoring justice that is marked by the humility of Christ, the love of Jesus, and the good of humankind, and reaffirm our commitment to pursue this high standard within, and beyond, our church community.