From Your BCOC Ministers
June 2, 2020
Baptist Church of the Covenant is praying for our beloved city and greater community. In the wake of Pentecost Sunday and Sunday evening’s local civil unrest, we are praying for the Spirit of the Living God to blow a healing and hopeful wind of change upon all of Birmingham.
The rally cry of peaceful protestors, “I CAN’T BREATHE!” in the midst of a viral pandemic that attacks the respiratory system all while the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit is not irony. It is a convicting call to Christians, white Christians especially, to use every breath we have to cry out for justice for Black people who are:
- Mistreated, if not killed, while in the hands of law enforcement
- Oppressed by economic systems that benefit the privileged
- Told to get a job, but discriminated against for job opportunities
- Profiled by their own neighbors
- Applauded on the athletic field, but then persecuted for taking a stand (or a knee)
With every breath in our lungs, may we stand in unity alongside Black lives who matter because we are all children of God. Members of Baptist Church of the Covenant are bound by our Corporate Commitments in which we commit ourselves to be a caring fellowship that seeks to incarnate the love of Christ in individual lives, expressed in warmth and concern for the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of one another.
Below are some verses from scripture that BCOC’s ministers and staff have held in their hearts the past few days. Share scripture that has called you this week in the comments.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
– Matthew 5:6
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
– Psalm 139:23-24
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
– Luke 4:18-19