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A few days earlier, a man who had already been shackled was kneeled down and suffocated to death by a police officer, who was not stopped by three other officers on the field. There have been nationwide demonstrations, including rioting, looting, vandalism, and several killings. The officer directly involved has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. But the protests have not subsided and curfews have been imposed in many US cities.

The death of George Floyd reminds me not only of racial tensions in the United States, but also of the protests in Hong Kong over the past few months and the use of force by the police.

Crosspoint church is a community seeking justice, peace and unity. As the senior pastor of the church, I would like to make the following proclamation.

I proclaim that every man is made in God’s image, and that any form of discrimination, no matter what, is abhorrent to Him. Therefore, every life, no matter what color or background, is precious in the eyes of God. I pray that no more people will be hurt or even killed as a result of this incident.

I proclaim that our God is righteous. I ask you to pray for justice for George Floyd. The arrested police officer as well as those killed and injured, must also receive fair treatment and redress from the judicial system.

I proclaim that our God is merciful. I ask you to pray for His comfort in this event and the instability it has caused for people and groups involved.

I proclaim that our God is the Lord of this nation. I hope you will pray for the safety and stability of our country. The pandemic has not subsided and the society is in turmoil. We really need His intervention to stop hatred and hostility as soon as possible so that the whole country can reconcile again.

I proclaim that God is in control of everything in history. I hope you will wait in prayer for His work, whatever and wherever it may be, to hear our prayers and work everything out for those who love Him.

Your pastor,
Ting Y Leung


數天前,一名已被扣上手鐐的男子被一名警員用膝蓋活活地壓至窒息而死,而在場上的另三名警員均沒有制止。之後引發了全國性的示威,其中也包括了暴亂、搶掠、破壞、已經有幾個人因此被殺害。涉及的警員已經以殺人罪被拘捕。但抗議活動尚未平息,多個城市實施宵禁。

George Floyd 的死亡不但令我想到美國這國家的種族關係,更令我聯想到香港過去多月發生的抗議活動,和警察使用武力的問題。

匯點教會是追求公義、和平、合一的群體,我作為教會的主任牧師,有以下的宣告。

我宣告每個人都是上帝用祂的形像去造的,不論是何種方式的歧視,是上帝厭惡的。因此,每一條生命,不論是甚麼膚色和背景,在上帝眼中是寶貴的。我盼望大家祈求不要再有更多人因這件事受傷害甚至死亡。

我宣告上帝是公義的。我盼望大家祈求祂為George Floyd 彰顯公義。而被捕的和涉事的警員,與被殺害、傷害和蒙受損失者,也必須得到司法系統公平的對待和伸冤。

我宣告上帝是慈愛的。我盼望大家祈求安慰在這次事件和引發的混亂中祂能安慰每個受牽連的人和族群。

我宣告上帝是美國這個國家的上帝。我盼望大家為這國家祈求平安。疫情未退、社會動盪,實在需要祂介入去叫這些事儘快止息,全國能夠再一次復和。

我宣告上帝是掌管歷史的。我盼望大家能在禱告中等候上帝的作為,無論是在甚麼地方,祂會垂聽我們的禱告,為每件事開拓出路。

你的牧者
梁廷益

 


数天前,一名已被扣上手镣的男子被一名警员用膝盖活活地压至窒息而死,而在场上的另三名警员均没有制止。之後引发了全国性的示威,其中也包括了暴乱丶抢掠丶破坏丶已经有几个人因此被杀害。涉及的警员已经以杀人罪被拘捕。但抗议活动尚未平息,多个城市实施宵禁。

George Floyd 的死亡不但令我想到美国这国家的种族关系,更令我联想到香港过去多月发生的抗议活动,和警察使用武力的问题。

汇点教会是追求公义丶和平丶合一的群体,我作为教会的主任牧师,有以下的宣告。

我宣告每个人都是上帝用祂的形像去造的,不论是何种方式的歧视,是上帝厌恶的。因此,每一条生命,不论是甚麽肤色和背景,在上帝眼中是宝贵的。我盼望大家祈求不要再有更多人因这件事受伤害甚至死亡。

我宣告上帝是公义的。我盼望大家祈求祂为George Floyd 彰显公义。而被捕的和涉事的警员,与被杀害丶伤害和蒙受损失者,也必须得到司法系统公平的对待和伸冤。

我宣告上帝是慈爱的。我盼望大家祈求安慰在这次事件和引发的混乱中祂能安慰每个受牵连的人和族群。

我宣告上帝是美国这个国家的上帝。我盼望大家为这国家祈求平安。疫情未退丶社会动荡,实在需要祂介入去叫这些事尽快止息,全国能够再一次复和。

我宣告上帝是掌管历史的。我盼望大家能在祷告中等候上帝的作为,无论是在甚麽地方,祂会垂听我们的祷告,为每件事开拓出路。

你的牧者,
梁廷益


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