Our Response to Anti-Asian Racism
In light of recent increases in aggression toward people of Asian descent in North America, including the recent attack in Atlanta killing 6 Asian women committed by a white man brought up in the church, the board and staff of World Renew in the U.S. and Canada reemphasize our biblical standing on the value and dignity of all people. In addition, we recognise the rich diversity that we share as we reflect the character of our creator God, each one made in his image.
To that end, we stand against the white supremacy and patriarchy that have spread through North American society, including churches. This needs to be confronted, addressed, and rooted out immediately, and all individuals and organizations including World Renew share responsibility for that work. We reject racism, gender-based violence, and other forms of oppression and injustice that overtly or covertly subjugate people’s God-given dignity and worth. We also seek to protect people’s human rights, promote healthy relationships, and seek healing for those who experience trauma and loss.
We lament the presence of anti-Asian rhetoric in our communities and churches.
We lament the history of microaggressions that have built up into moments of violence such as this. We lament how race and gender work together to systemically and specifically harm people of color. Our lament is based on God’s intention for his creation: He did not intend for us to live in communities of division. He called us into a different way of “being” in Galatians 3:28, where diversity of race and gender are to be embraced to demonstrate all are one in unity in Christ.
We extend compassion to those who are grieving, those feeling vulnerable, unsafe, and alone. We see you, and we grieve with you. We commit to stand in solidarity with the Asian community. Speaking up against this racism, uplifting Asian-American voices, making space for honest dialogue about the intersecting elements of this incident. We commit to addressing anti-Asian racism within our ongoing anti-racism commitments and work, including learning about the history and structures that contribute to inequity for Asian Canadians and Asian Americans.
This post was originally published on World Renew.