In addition to facing a global COVID19 pandemic causing 100,000 fatalities in the U.S. alone, which is also crippling our economy leaving many homeless and without the basic necessities of life, we are now facing looting, burning, and protests following the horrific death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis, MN. We are moved with great compassion for the Floyd family, the Minneapolis community, and for our nation. We would be disingenuous as believers if we don’t ask God…. How should I, as a Christian, respond to these ever-increasing crises?
“He has told you, O man, 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 NASB
CEN is closely monitoring the MN situation, consulting with federal, state and local partners in law enforcement, ministry leaders, and awaiting the investigations in Minnesota to be completed. The CEN National Team is asking all partners nationwide to pray for the truth to be revealed and for justice to be served; for our hearts to be moved to care for those are hurting with His love and compassion; and for us to walk humbly together sharing the Light and Love of Christ Jesus.
Dr. Willie McLaurin
, Vice President for Great Commission Relations and Mobilization of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee says:
“Our hearts are broken for the family of George Floyd and the greater Minnesota community. The Minnesota/Wisconsin State Convention and their ministry partners are working to address matters. The Minnesota event is layered on top of other national events. These issues are multi-layered and further reveal systemic and cultural IQ challenges in the United States. In fact, in the same news cycle was the disturbing event that took place in Central Park. Thank God for the eye witness of cellphone cameras that captures these events. It begs the question how many of these events have taken place, but were not recorded. Our office continues to be encouraged by the partnership with CEN to communicate reliable threats that are received from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.”
Only God knows why He birthed CEN twenty years ago. Clearly, He had this day in mind for Christians to “Be Aware, Be Ready, and Be There” for such a time as this! He knew soldiers were needed to lead who are spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically READY themselves to share the Hope of Christ in emergencies large and small. (I Peter 3:15) Praise God, He kept our hand to the plow listening, watching, warning, and equipping Christians with a positive biblical pathway forward through ReadyChristian, ReadyChurch, and ReadyCity. And now, as always He is just in time to help the Church reset, according to Scripture, by becoming more “quickly responsive” in our times.
If you have not assessed your own level of readiness to respond - do so NOW! Here’s why:
1. Civil Unrest
CEN National Safety Security Officer Darryl Walker, a seasoned law enforcement officer and former pastor warns:
“Due to increasing widespread pressure being experienced in the United States and around the globe in the financial, political, racial and religious arenas precipitated by COVID19 pandemic, we are seeing increasing civil disobedience. While most protests to date have been relatively peaceful following general social distancing guidelines, others are not like Minnesota, where local unrest is fueling national unrest.” When asked if our current national security situation is reminiscent of the 1960’s Darryl Walker said:
“Due to unresolved or lingering sensitive racial issues in the U.S., we may see civil unrest and disobedience grow in some areas of the country where there is perceived minority marginalization, disparity or disparagement especially in urban areas of the country not unlike the unrest experienced in the late 1960’s - only more widespread given the depth of financial uncertainty. We hope and pray we will not repeat those horrific de-stabilizing days where some disobeyed directives from authorities such as law enforcement, government officials or even corporate upline managers as defying these directives negatively will affect large numbers of Americans.”