You may have read or heard through some newsfeeds of the increase of racist attacks directed at people of Asian-descent since the beginning of the pandemic. This past week’s shootings that killed 8 people in the US state of Georgia has contributed to ongoing concerns. A pastor of our church denomination has written that he himself has felt the increase in racist and hate-filled rhetoric. Recently he asked for prayers regarding this issue and specifically for Asian-Americans, keeping in mind that just over 10% of CRCNA congregations are Korean-speaking congregations.
Prayers requested are of the following kind: “prayers of lament for those that are anxious right now to even walk around their own neighbourhoods for fear of attack on them or their elders (seniors), prayers of lament for those that are grieving and have lost loved ones due to senseless attacks, prayers of lament for those that have experienced hateful and racist rhetoric and prayers for Asian-American clergy that are navigating the spaces of self-care, exhaustion and care for others.”
As followers of Jesus and his people who break down barriers and affirm our solidarity with others (Gal.3:26-28), we want to be sure to stand against racist and hate-filled speech and attacks; and affirm every person as an image-bearer of God, looking forward to the day when “persons from every tribe and language and people and nation” will gather and know that God has brought us together “to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God.” (Rev.5:9-10 )- EGN