June 1, 2020 Reflecting on Race, the Church and Recent Events
Our team's thoughts and reflections on race, the church and recent events.
At Fishhook, we have the unique opportunity to work with and support churches throughout the country. The corporate Church is made up of people from all walks of life and that is one of its most beautiful features. Yet, in our nation, the generational realities and wounds of racism and racial injustice have continued to hold strong. This last week has been heartbreaking for so many people in our country, even as we continue to collectively feel our way through a global pandemic now entering its fourth month.
One of our team’s core values is that “we are whole people, known and valued.” Tragically, this isn’t something equally offered to all people in our country. We wholeheartedly believe every single person is created in the image of God and worthy of love and belonging, yet the injustice of racism, violence and even indifference to racial injustice is still very real.
We see and hear that Black communities are hurting deeply. Black church leaders and staff members are hurting deeply. Like you, we have watched as crowds have gathered to make known their frustration, their pain and their need for something to change. The city of Indianapolis, where our offices are located, has seen large-scale protests and even rioting like many other cities around the country.
As a company, we work with churches to help them communicate effectively so they can reach more people for Jesus. The Good News is more than a promise of heaven in some far-off future - it’s an invitation to take part in setting the captive free and lavishing the mercy and grace of God on people from every walk of life in the here and now.
It’s more important than ever that we have a unified voice among churches, to stand against racism and violence and to work with community leaders, public officials and other churches on lasting change. Churches can and will be a healing force of good going forward, and we will continue to support them as they share a message of hope and serve their communities in the weeks and months ahead.
We are also taking action today. Through our established donation matching program for Fishhook team members, we are pooling our resources and giving financially to local organizations to support the important work of racial justice.
We will continue to pray for churches, pastors and our nation, knowing that God is faithful in the midst of uncertainty and trials. If our team can help you in any way, we are here for you. We are committed to helping churches and church leaders communicate and serve their communities well in the coming days and weeks ahead.
Written by Leah Norton