The UPCI unequivocally condemns the killing of police officers in Dallas yesterday. Our hearts are broken in the aftermath of this unjustifiable, horrific event. We pray for the victims and their families. It is unspeakably tragic that human beings, created in the image of God, could engage in this kind of behavior.
We live in a broken world. Every day we are accosted by the harsh realities of injustice and violence. We are surrounded by evil, but we are not powerless or afraid. The enemy of our souls would like to use incidents such as these to cause division and strife in society and even in the church. Our Lord Jesus calls us to follow his example and overcome evil with good. Sadly, prejudices and group loyalties can distract us from this calling. We are tempted to forget our humanity and make enemies of our neighbors. We are tempted to fight evil with evil, and in the process become evil ourselves. But we must not succumb to such temptations. Rather, we must love relentlessly and endlessly. We must proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and demonstrate its power to defeat evil, not through violence and hatred, but by transforming one human heart at a time. And we must proclaim this for everyone without qualification or exception.