Hi Stonebridge Families
Our heart is heavy with grief over the things happening in our country. The unlawful death of George Floyd, followed by the riots across our country, we see sin and injustice and brokenness all around us.
We want to remind you of some Gospel Truth’s found in God’s Word that we unashamedly believe and teach regularly at Stonebridge to help guide you as you walk through these challenging waters.
God made every human being in His image (black, white, male, female, rich, poor, EVERYONE!) and therefore, every human being deserves respect and honor as His image bearers. (Genesis 1:26-27)
The Gospel message at its heart is a message of reconciliation. Reconciliation is the restoration of relationship between two warring parties. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, He brought reconciliation between God & mankind and now, by extension, we are called to pursue restored relationships with one another. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
We also want to recognize that the complexity and gravity of what is happening right now has created massive dividing walls, even among followers of Christ. In an attempt to encourage healthy reconciliation without causing further disunity, we have not posted anything on social media regarding this, but that does not mean that we are being silent or do not care, quite the opposite.
Therefore, we encourage you to start the discussion with your family, with your connection group, and with the church. Have actual discussions over the phone and in person with one another about these matters rather than turning to social media for debates that often just divide and destroy. As elders, we also invite you to reach out to us so that we can walk through this with and alongside you. Our contact information is below.
In addition, we wanted to help you lead and guide your family through this. It is never too early to start talking with your kids about ethnic diversity and the value in every person. Below you will find a link to some resources that will hopefully help you have godly, fruitful conversations with your kids about God's design for diversity.
C.J. Van Roekel