We, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A., are adamantly opposed to the sin of racism in any form. We denounce the unjust violence inflicted on the Black community in our country, exemplified by George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others in recent years and throughout the history of the United States.
We affirm every human being is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and therefore embodies eternal value and a God-given purpose to fulfill in this world. Black lives are incredibly valuable, precious, and sacred. Any action or system violating this key biblical principle is against the heart of God.
Therefore, as followers of Christ, we stand up against the sin of racism and the systems continually perpetuated by it. We declare there is absolutely no place for this behavior within our body and commit to fight to eradicate this sin from our hearts, country, and world.
We commit to stand with our African-American/Black brothers and sisters in using our voices and actions to be agents of gospel-centered healing, transformation, and racial reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:16-19).
We continue to uphold the following Chi Alpha Diversity statement that guides our efforts to celebrate, defend, and expand ethnic diversity within our national Chi Alpha community:
“We embrace a diversity based on humanity’s sacred creation (Acts 17:26), the Church’s diverse ethnic makeup (Revelation 7:9), supernatural oneness (Galatians 3:28), and Jesus-centered unity (John 17:21). We strive to live lives that manifest a Kingdom-ethic witness (Matthew 5:1-15, Luke 4:18-19) and to partner in our Father’s reconciliation ministry (2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Ephesians 2:14-22). We create communities of ‘every nation, tribe, people, and language’ who live in unity with each other and work towards love, righteousness, and justice in the world.”
While we recognize the perpetual need for conversation and discussion, we also know this is a time for action and for all of us to increase our commitment to actively live out the above statement.