The Church has a noticeboard usually reserved for details of Community Activities at the Church premises. During the Coronavirus lockdown and subsequent restrictions there was no call for this so, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we put up this poster, featuring the face of George Floyd, the man whose death at the hands of the US Police sparked mass protests in the USA and a supportive movement worldwide.
Sadly this attracted some unwelcome attention, in the shape of spray-paint over the image of the dead man.
We felt we had to respond to this, and the Church decided that rather than cleaning off the paint we would comment on this act of vandalism (which may also have been an act of racism).
Jesus said: "To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously." (the Gospel of Luke ch 6. vv. 27-30)
Scripture quotation taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson.
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