“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King
As all of us attempt to deal with the raw realities of current events, we at EIS want to say that we are acutely aware of the trauma and pain that so many people are experiencing in the wake of the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd; particularly African Americans and other minority groups. We grieve not only the injustice of the death of George Floyd, the many black lives taken before and after his, but also grieve the broken state of our society. We offer the following statement to join our voice with many others who are choosing to not remain silent and who wish to bring a healing presence into a deeply tragic reality and continue to be agents of change.
“In light of the current events we are all facing today in the wake of the death of George Floyd, we at EIS felt compelled to offer a statement not only to address the injustice and unrest we have seen, and continue to see, but we believe that as we stand with the legacy of Dr. King in his statement quoted above, that only love will conquer and defeat the powers of darkness in this world.
But what does that mean? That we just carry a warm and comforting “love” message to smooth over what’s happened? Or is that word one that holds all the power we need to see the systemic changes happen that we all know need to happen?
Would it really work if we actually “loved our neighbor as ourselves?” The answer is admittedly, a cognitively distant yes. We can’t imagine that living this way would actually bring the needed change. But the reality is this; that change happens from the inside out. Hearts need to be changed… without this, lasting and genuine sweeping change will be impossible. As hearts experience genuine transformation, attitudes towards diverse disadvantaged communities change as we allow God’s unconditional love to penetrate our darkness. We must remember to extend grace upon those who lack understanding while also providing the proper tools of information necessary, so that we can effect life transformation in all of our hearts and communities.
We at EIS commit ourselves to the process of becoming bridge-builders and creators of safe spaces for hurting members of our community, to be trusted and heard. We understand the significant role these recurring tragedies have played in inflicting trauma in our community, and are dedicated to the healing and restoration of these deep emotional traumas. We continue to endeavor to be agents of change and life transformation; a transformation that begins with a changed heart, a heart that is characterized by light, truth, and love. “
To our black brothers and sisters, we see you. We are with you. We stand by you.
“History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Dr. Martin Luther King
And For All of Us at EIS,