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Monday, June 8th, 2020

A STATEMENT CONCERNING RECENT EVENTS

One of our sayings at Green Brook, is that, “People are more important than profits.” We use every opportunity to stress that people, their loved ones and their belongings are worth protecting. We get that from my underlying philosophy, which is that people are created in God’s image and are therefore inherently valuable—its a biblical concept. 

Here’s another biblical concept—a very important one for right now: “There is a time to weep (or lament)…” If laughing and pleasure and good times are our ultimate goal, if we’ve made the “American Dream” absolute, we may be sacrificing our humanity for our comforts. Not too long ago, we saw another dramatic display of inhumanity that has left many cities broken and in tears. Millions are asking hard questions around racism and injustice and I believe this is appropriate. I encourage us to experience this moment, weep with those who weep, mourn with those who mourn. Engage, not on peripheral issues, but on the heart of the idea that historically black people are inherently inferior to white people and others. This idea has been manifested in every institution: finance, healthcare, academic, religious, government and every other institution, causing generational trauma and in many cases debilitation. This is something to weep over as we engage with history to understand the problems in order to actually rid ourselves and our communities of any hint of this plague—not riots, a symptom, but racism the disease. I pray that we would see ourselves as we truly are. Inherently valuable—created in God’s image.