“Turn to the Lord,… Do what is right, and humble yourselves before the Lord.” (Zephaniah 2:3)
Whilst the world is engaging in infuriating Covic-19 pandemic, news about insanity, departure from injustice and practise of racism is exercised by people who think they are more equal than others based on the color of their skin. The recent horrific, inhuman, senseless and merciless killing of George Floyd and other non-European background Americans in the USA enraged us all. The declaration day of USA independence, the 4th July 1776, accompanied by the passing of the American Bill of Rights on 15th December 1791, could be considered by all peace loving people as the equal dawn of peace and justice to all American citizens.
Against this background, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) was shocked to hear what is happening in the USA. The grave concern about the wild atmosphere of racism and inhuman treatment of the non-white skin color population in the USA, was expressed by the ELCIN Church Council meeting at Oniipa on the 8th June 2020. Therefore, ELCIN condemns the notion of white supremacy and iterates its call to all God’s people all over the world to come back to proper moral values as engrained within all people by God. ELCIN is also calling all people of God to turn to God, humble themselves to the Lord and do what is right. Where injustice run amok, the devil celebrate as well.
Therefore, let us all learn from others’ mistakes, and stand firm in solidarity to combat all forms of racism and human discriminations. ELCIN is expressing its anguish and extends sympathy to the family of George Floyd and other families who lost their beloved members in similar malicious killings. The loss of one person is the loss of all humanity. May God forgive us, and direct us back to lucidity.
The Rev. Dr. Shekutaamba V V Nambala