The “Book of Discipline” of the United Methodist Church states:
The United Methodist Church proclaims the value of each person as a unique child of God and commits itself to the healing and wholeness of all persons.
The United Methodist Church recognizes that the sin of racism has been destructive to its unity throughout its history. Racism continues to cause painful division and marginalization.
The United Methodist Church shall confront and seek to eliminate racism, whether in organizations or in individuals, in every facet of its life and in society at large.
(The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016, paragraph 5)
Desert Spring United Methodist Church understands racism to be a form of evil rooted in sin, and as such to be contrary to the will of God. Our Baptismal covenant addresses our responsibility as individuals and as a church. In this covenant, we are asked: “Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?” The covenant continues: “Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.”
Racism is the face of evil. We, the people of God, are called to not only to renounce evil, but also to resist it. As a church, we are committed to the work of God in bringing about a just society where all people are treated with the dignity and respect of being a child of God. To that end, we will continue to strive knowing that the day will come when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.
Rev. David K. Devereaux