The Church of the Brethren, one of three historic peace churches along with the Mennonites and Quakers, re-issued a challenge to its members this week following the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. We would do well to heed their words. Their statement said:
“We have fallen short of discipleship in the way of Jesus, lost sight of Christ’s reconciling work, grown weary in doing good, become numb to shootings, and tolerant of widespread violence in our nation. We call ourselves into greater and more energetic care for all people through direct service, bold peacemaking, and the work of challenging [those] policies that do not lead to well-being and God’s shalom.”
We have work to do.