The Seventh-day Adventist Church wants to express our love and support for the Asian-American community in the wake of Tuesday's killings in Georgia. The violence in Georgia this week is not an isolated occurance. Nearly 3,800 hate incidents were reported against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders nationwide over the last year, according to Stop AAPI Hate.
We denounce the recent acts of violence and hatred against our brothers and sisters in the Asian-American community. God calls us to love all His children, no matter our differences. Our diversity makes us stronger as a people, and the variety of cultures making up our territory are a direct reflection of His creative power. We need to celebrate our differences and embrace the uniqueness of each and every person. We want all Asian-Americans to know we stand with them and beside them, especially when they are being targeted.
We call on all our members to stand up and support Asian-American communities, particularly where they live. Be vocal in your appreciation of our brothers and sisters in their time of need. Create a safe space for them by listening to their experiences and showing Christ-like compassion. There is no need for anyone to live in fear because of the color of their skin or their race. The book of Proverbs commands us, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" (Prov. 17:17, NKJV).